Child Protection and Safeguarding at Hampsthwaite Primary School
It is the school’s highest priority to work with parents and outside agencies to make sure that all of the children in our care remain safe at all times.
Any parents who are worried that a child is at risk can either contact the school or seek information via the web-site : www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk or by following the link below.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child out of hours you can use the following telephone number: 0845 034 9417.
Other useful websites include the NSPCC homepage and Childline, both links are found below. The school also work regularly with the NSPCC to deliver training to pupils on how to stay safe.
There are many other useful links which can be found on our e-Safety page.
We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to protect a child.
School will share with parents any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at risk of harm.
We encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with their child’s class teacher or senior child protection managers in school
The School’s Child Protection Policy is available in the policies section of the school website. All new parents are made aware of our child protection policies and procedures at our induction meeting and via the school brochure.
Hampsthwaite Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Hampsthwaite, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.
All teaching staff, support staff and midday supervisors and governors have received training in how to deal with child protection issues in school. Mrs A. Ross is the senior designated child protection officer in school. Mrs K. Tennant is the deputy senior designated child protection officer in school. Mr. Khurana is the child protection governor. The school Child Protection Policy is updated annually to reflect changes to practice, personnel and training.
The school maintains a detailed single central record with regard to the appointment of all staff. All appointment panels include a governor or senior manager who is fully training in safer recruitment practices.
The school also fulfills its statutory duties with regard to the government’s Prevent programme. This ensures that children are protected against extremist views and recognise ‘British Values’. Further information on this area of the curriculum can be found on the British Values page on our website.