Hartington C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this pledge. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the member of staff who is trained as a “Designated Child Protection Officer or DCPO” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance. The DCPO at school is Mrs Tracy Blackwell (Head Teacher).
Cause for Concern:
All staff are advised to report any causes for concern to the DCPO using a pro-forma available from the school office. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible where appropriate, as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children “disclosing” concerns.
Staff safeguarding guidance and training informs all of the following:
• Procedures to safeguard children and young people;
• Awareness-raising about abuse in order to overcome barriers to children and young people reporting their concerns;
• Helping adults recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to concern;
• How to respond to concerns about abuse of children and young people;
• How to respond to children and young people making an allegation of abuse;
• Ways in which adults can raise concerns about unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available from school.
The term ‘sexting’ is derived from texting and refers to the sending of sexually provocative material (including photos, videos and sexually explicit text) from modern communication devices or applications, such as mobile phones, tablets, email, social networking sites and instant messaging services.
Specifically ‘sexting’ is images or videos generated:
• By children under the age of 18, or;
• Of children under the age of 18 that are of a sexual nature or are indecent.
These images are shared between young people and/or adults via a mobile phone, handheld device or website with people they may not even know.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have created ‘Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know‘. This is a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to help keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images
(Click on the film’s names to be taken to the site):
For more information about ‘sexting’ including what to do and how to handle it, visit:
A Parent’s Guide to Sexting
Sexting: How to keep your child stay safe – NSPCC resource
Educate Against Hate:
The Department for Education website ‘Educate Against Hate’ offers practical advice and information for parents, teachers and school leaders about extremism and radicalisation. The website has been created with consultation from organisations such as Childnet and the UK Safer Internet Centre, and includes information on:
• Warning signs of danger;
• How parents should talk to children about extremism;
• Steps concerned parents can take.
Hartington C of E Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
As part of Hartington C of E Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
Please click here for a LINK to the official government document.
Contact Numbers / referral links
Call Derbyshire – 01629 533190 (24hr, 7 days a week – sharing concerns re Adults or Children – concerns re children will be triaged via Starting Point)
Starting Point Advice Line – 01629 53 53 53 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm – advice and guidance re concerns about children)
Police Prevent Team – 0300 122 8694 or 101
Keystone – 101 (in an emergency dial 999)
Seamus Carroll, Prevent Lead (County) – 01629 538494 or 07771 980107
Dawn Robinson, Prevent Lead (City) – 01332 643058 or 07812 300953
Must Read Documents
Derbyshire Constabulary Prevent Web-page – including Prevent video clip (17 mins)
Other useful web-links / documents