Safeguarding is Everyone Responsibility
Our Safeguarding Vision
At Hall Meadow we protect the welfare and safety of all members of our community. We respect and value each person as unique and safeguard their right be themselves. We work together to create a healthy, active, caring and safe environment to protect the physical, emotional, social and mental welfare of all of our school community.
Our Code for Safety
- Respect is shown views and values of others and their right to feel safe
- Every Adult will safeguard the children
- Special care is taken not to hurt others with our words or actions
- People listen to children and factually record their concerns
- Everyone cares and will maintain the safety of our environment
- Calmness is encouraged but swift action taken if a child’s welfare is threatened
- Together we teach the children how to stay safe, happy and healthy
All people who work with our children and on behalf of Hall Meadow will comply with safeguarding procedures in relation to recruitment, risk assessments, off and on site procedures, environmental safety, e-safety and as part of their every day practice with children. It is the responsibility of all staff to know safeguarding procedures, apply the principles in practice, attend training and report any concerns.
All staff will undergo an enhanced DBS check and it there responsibility to notify the governors if there has been any change in their personal circumstance that make pose a threat to children.
Our Designated safeguarding Leads are:
- Mrs Bodman-Knight - Headteacher lead DSL
- Miss Renshaw - Deputy Headteacher
- Mrs Ricotta - Wellbeing lead
- Mr Vasu Shan
- Mrs Rianna Thompson
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The MASH can advise on whether a family needs early help or whether they meet the threshold for statutory child protection.
Telephone: 0300 126 1000
The Early Help Support Service
The Early Help Support Service is for those working with children and families. We provide information, advice or guidance around:
- Early Help Assessment
- support to create a team around the family meeting (including finding out what other agencies may be involved with the child or family you are supporting)
- access to services, interventions and training.
Telephone: 0300 126 1000
If we advise that early help is needed, you can use the Early Help Assessment process.
All Child Protection concerns need to be acted on immediately. If you are concerned that a child may be at risk or is actually suffering abuse, you should tell one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at Hall Meadow Primary.
All Adults, including the designated safeguarding teachers, have a duty of care by law to refer all known or suspected cases of abuse to the relevant agency including social services or the police. Where a disclosure is made to a visiting staff member from a different agency, such as the School Nurse etc. It is the responsibility of that agency staff to formally report the referral to the School’s Designated Person in the first instance. Recognising Concerns, Signs & Indicators of Abuse Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm.
The witnessing of abuse can also have a damaging effect on those who are associated with any person who may have suffered abuse, as well as the child subjected to the actual abuse. This can and often will have a significant impact on the health and emotional well-being of the child. Abuse can take place in any family, institution or community setting. It can be by telephone or on the internet also. Abuse can often be difficult to recognise as children may behave differently or seem unhappy for many reasons, as they move through the stages of childhood or if their family circumstances change. However, it is important to know what the indicators of abuse are and to be alert to the need to act upon any concerns. Physical Abuse This can involve shaking, hitting, throwing, poisoning, kicking, punching, burning, scalding, suffocating and drowning. It can also result when a parent or carer deliberately causes the ill health of a child in order to seek attention through fabricated or induced illness. This was previously known as Munchhausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.
Emotional Abuse is where a child’s need for security, love, praise and recognition is not met. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of someone else such as in Domestic Abuse or Domestic Violence. A parent, carer or authority figure is considered emotionally abusive when they are consistently hostile, rejecting, threatening or undermining toward a child or other family member. It can also occur when children are prevented from having social contact with others or if inappropriate expectations are placed upon them.
Symptoms that indicate emotional abuse include:
- Clingy or attention seeking that is excessive.
- Excessive self-criticism or very low self-esteem or
- Fearfulness or withdrawn behaviour
- Lack of appropriate boundaries with strangers; too eager to please.
- Self-harm or eating disorders
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a young person or child to take part in sexual activities. Whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This may include physical contact or viewing pornographic material including through the use of the internet. Indicators of sexual abuse include: allegations or disclosures, injuries or disclosure, genital soreness, inappropriate sexualised behaviour including play, words or drawing, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs that can significantly harm their health and development. Neglect can include supervision that is inadequate, (being left alone for long periods of time), lack of stimulation, social contact or education, lack of shelter, appropriate food, clothing for correct conditions and medical attention or treatment when necessary.
Safer Recruitment & Selection
It is a requirement for all agencies to ensure that all staff recruited to work with children and young people are properly selected and checked. At Hall Meadow Primary we will ensure that we have a member of the Senior Leadership Team on every recruitment panel who has received the appropriate recruitment and selection training. We will ensure that all of our staff are appropriately qualified and have the relevant employment history and checks to ensure they are safe to work with children in compliance with the Key Safeguarding Employment Standards.