The welfare of the child is paramount.
At Hackbridge Primary School the safety and welfare of our children is of the utmost importance.
Because of the day-to-day contact with children, our staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. All adults working in the school must protect children from harm and abuse, including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Radicalisation/Extremism (Prevent Duty), Children Missing Education (CME) and be aware that any pupil may be at risk of harm or abuse.
We have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our pupils under the Education Act 2011 and Children Act 1989 through identifying any child welfare concerns and taking action to address them in partnership with families and other agencies where appropriate.
All staff at Hackbridge Primary School have enhanced DBS status and a number are first aid trained. All new staff are recruited under our "Safer Recruitment" policy and procedures.
At Hackbridge Primary School sexual violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. We are clear that this is not an inevitable part of growing up, we will never dismiss any issues and sexualised behaviours will be challenged at all times.
We have a section, explicitly for sexual violence and sexual harassment in our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which clearly sets out our processes and procedures should this type of incident occur. Our staff have regular training about sexual violence and harassment so that they are all well equipped to deal which such events. Our pupils are taught about this (at an age-appropriate level) through our PSHE, Healthy Relationships curriculum including understanding the PANTS rule.
Hackbridge Primary School's Designated Lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding (DLS) is:
Mrs Natasha Edmonds-Chappell, Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Emma Walford – Headteacher
Miss Natalie Robins – Deputy Headteacher & SENCo/Inclusion Manager
Mr Andrew Jasper – Assistant Headteacher
Miss Kerry O'Doherty – Assistant Headteacher
The school's Safeguarding Governor is:
Dr Emily Plummer
Deputy Safeguarding Governor:
Mrs Carole Cook