At Hambrook, we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children in our care.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
The staff at Hambrook Primary recognise their legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, and protect them from harm, and respond quickly to possible child abuse. We acknowledge our responsibilities to both protect children from maltreatment and prevent impairment.
We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. This includes any form of bullying.
We recognise that children encounter risks when using IT and the Internet. We take seriously our responsibility to educate our children to help them to become safe and responsible users of new technologies, and allow them to be discriminating users of both the content they discover and the contacts they make online. Our aim is to teach them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to remain both safe and legal online, wherever and whenever they use technology.
We acknowledge that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and extended school activities. In order to achieve this, all members of staff (including volunteers and governors) in this school, in whatever capacity, will at all times act proactively in child welfare matters, reporting concerns to the Headteacher, especially where there is a possibility that a child may be at risk of significant harm.
The school seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of their responsibility for pastoral care. The school encourages clear communication with both parents and children, enabling them to talk freely about any concerns. School should be seen as a safe place.
Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff.
Our school believes in the importance of early identification of issues for children and young people. We fully endorse the principles of multi-agency working and will engage in the SAFeh (Single Assessment For early help) process for any child in our school for whom we feel this is appropriate.
In our school, if we have suspicions that a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being is being, or is likely to be, harmed, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate action in accordance with the procedures of South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board which are to be found at swcpp.org.uk.