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Safeguarding the welfare of the children at Hayfield is always a top priority for us and we recognise that it is everyone's responsibility in school to protect children and keep them safe from harm. We do this in a number of ways:
- The school exceeds all statutory requirements with respect to safeguarding and child protection.
- We have policies and procedures in place, in line with statutory laws and guidance, that are adopted by all staff and governors and regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure that we are following latest guidance and meeting the needs of all of our children. Please see our safeguarding policy, and all related policies, on this website.
- We carry out an annual S175 audit of safeguarding, including online-safety, and report to governors and the local authority, who monitor the safeguarding policy and procedures and any incidents that we might have had. We use this audit to inform our Safeguarding Action Plan, which is regularly reviewed with staff, and with the governing board at every governor meeting.
- All staff receive regular training on child protection, first aid, CPR and defibrillator use. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Headteacher, Claire McKenzie, and the Deputy DSL is Kate Keeling, who is a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA).
- This year, we will aim to achieve the 360 degrees Online-Safety Gold Mark.
- Our Staff Induction Handbook contains all relevant information with regards to staff roles and responsibilities in keeping children safe at Hayfield. All student teachers, supply teachers and adult helpers in school are also equipped with the information they need to comply with our safeguarding policy.
- We adopt a zero tolerance towards bullying, since we are very aware of the damage that bullying can do to children's mental health, wellbeing and general progress. Keeping children safe from bullying is a topic visited on a regular basis with the children through our PSHE curriculum, questionnaires, assemblies and when situations arise. We take part in the annual National Anti-Bullying Week and we also provide annual training and information for parents about keeping children safe online. Please see our Anti-Bullying Policy on this website.
- Questionnaires show that the vast majority of parents agree that their child is safe and feels safe in school. Children feel able to approach the staff about their worries or concerns because they know that they will be listened to and supported. Our recent Ofsted report (November 2016) states that safeguarding is effectives and notes that 'pupil safety is a high priority in the school'.
- We have an open door policy and encourage any parent who has a question or concern about their child's safety to come and see us promptly to discuss the matter and find a resolution together.
- We have a very knowledgeable and active safeguarding governor, who supports the school in keeping up-to-date with new initiatives, developments and changes in relation to safeguarding.
- The school ensures that our curriculum covers all aspects of safeguarding, e.g. Personal safety, British values, character development, cyber-bullying, extremism and radicalisation, child exploitation etc - all at an appropriate level for the age and ability of the children.
- Parents are kept informed through our weekly newsletter about safeguarding initiatives and new resources, especially in relation to online-safety.
We frequently visit the topic of online safety - through our PSHE curriculum, assemblies and as and when issues arise. Please see our Online Safety Policy on the Policies page. We provide information for parents through newsletters, leaflets and information sessions, e.g. November Parents' Information Evenings.
Please may I remind parents that your primary aged children should not have social media accounts on sites that require them to be 13 or over. This applies to You Tube too. We teach children all the time about keeping themselves on line. If they do have an account on any social media or gaming sites, please remind them NOT to disclose any personal information about themselves, where they live or where they go to school. Please see booklets Digital Parenting and Appware, which are an interesting and very informative read on how to keep your children resilient and safe online.
Please do not hesitate to contact school should you have any queries, questions or concerns around safeguarding and online safety.
Please click on the link to see the online safety Parental control guide.