An Introduction to Safeguarding
This section of the website is in place to share all of the things that we do at school to ensure the safety of the entire school community. Everyone at East Hunsbury Primary School has a responsibility to keep our children safe and protected.
Who can I talk to?
Everyone at school wants you to feel happy and safe. You can talk to any adult in school if you feel worried or unsafe. There are also links on the website here that will give you information on things that might worry you. And remember that there is also a free* telephone advice service called Childline where you can talk to someone in confidence about your worries. The number is 0800 1111. *the service is free on landlines and some mobile phone networks.
If you have any concerns about your child’s welfare, please make an appointment with the class teacher in the first instance. Remember, they will take any issue or concern you have seriously and are committed to helping your child feel safe at school. Most issues are resolved satisfactorily at this stage.
If you or the teacher feels that the issue cannot be resolved at this level, a meeting can be arranged with the Year Leader or Deputy Headteacher to take this issue further.
Family and Pastoral Support
In order to provide support to the School Community we have a Learning Mentor & Family Support Worker, Krista Neville, available to support Parents with any aspect of parenting and also works with children to support their additional needs. Krista has a wealth of expertise, however, if Krista cannot provide the support required, she will signpost parents to other services and agencies. Also Karen Keay, our Behaviour Support Assistant, is here to support aspects of social and emotional development through a variety of different means, including; talking, sharing stories and specific intervention groups.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child in our school, please speak to a member of our Safeguarding team:
You can also share concerns with:
- Lindsey York – SENCO and Deputy DSL
- Krista Neville - Family Support Worker
- Rita Arundel – Headteacher
- Kat Pennington - Deputy Headteacher
- Julia Fenton – Assistant Head
Our DSL’s are trained to:
- Identify children at risk of abuse, neglect or harm.
- Keep schools secure to prevent dangerous individuals from entering.
- Educate children to avoid dangerous people outside of school – especially on the walk to school.
- Ensure that no member of staff poses a risk to children.
- Prevent radicalisation.
- Tackle bullying and peer-on-peer abuse.
- Prevent self-harm and self-neglect.
- E-safety concerns (see online safety section below)
For further information regarding our Safeguarding Team and information for visitors, please visit the side bar of this webpage under Safeguarding.
If you wish to speak to a Governor, our Safeguarding Governor is Jayne Hoskins and our Chair of Governors is Darren Coniff – their contact details are available from the school office.
If you are worried about a child outside of school time, you can contact the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 7000.
Alternatively, West Northamptonshire Council offers guidance for agencies who support families that have children with special education needs. Click here to go to the link on their website.
For additional information, please use the links below:
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours, every day)
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility
Allegations Involving School Staff/Supply Staff/Volunteers
Please refer to our Safeguarding Policy - Item 12, alongside Keeping Children Safe In Education 20 (para 56). A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed in the side bar on the Key School Information webpage, accessed here.
As part of our safeguarding duties, we also take E-Safety seriously. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are trained in e-safety issues and are aware of the potential for serious child protection / safeguarding issues that may arise from:
- sharing of personal data
- access to illegal / inappropriate materials
- inappropriate on-line contact with adults / strangers
- potential or actual incidents of grooming
Staff, including Governors, also receive annual training. Children are taught about E-Safety as part of the curriculum and take part in activities for the annual ‘Safer Internet Day’, as well as regular e-safety assemblies. We also provide parents with regular updates on E-Safety matters via ParentPay messages.
Children use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular e-safety lessons, assemblies and activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of content, both positive and negative.
In the side bar, you will find useful guides on how to keep your child safe online when using common sites and apps.
For additional information, please click on the links below: