Safeguarding Information for visitors and volunteers
We all have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and at Highfield Primary school we take this responsibility seriously.
If you have a concern about a child you should talk to the class teacher. If you feel that a child may be at risk of harm you should inform:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs L Robertson, Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs C Brown, Deputy Headteacher
Harm to a child is identified in 4 ways:
Physical harm – when a child is deliberately hurt or injured
Sexual harm – when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual act or made to look at inappropriate images
Emotional harm – when a child is made to feel frightened, worthless or unloved or being encouraged to support extremist ideas that are a part of terrorist ideology
Neglect – when a child’s needs are not being met, e.g. poor diet, poor hygiene, being left alone, not attending appointments
You must inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead if you become concerned about:
- Something a child says
- Marks or bruising on a child
- Unusual behaviour or changes in a child’s behaviour
Sometimes a child may disclose information to you. If this happens then the following action must be taken:
- React calmly.
- Do not discuss your concerns with the child, do not prompt or ask leading questions and do not carry out an investigation.
- Do not promise confidentiality, explain to the child that you will need to share the information with the Headteacher if you are worried about their safety.
If you are unable to locate the Designated Safeguarding Leads, ask a member of the school office staff to find them and to ask them to speak with you immediately about a confidential and urgent matter.
For further guidance, the school’s child protection policy can be found on ‘policies’ tab under the 'More' heading.
If you have a concern about a member of staff, a child’s parent, carer or a volunteer you should report immediately to the Headteacher. If a concern is about the Headteacher you should pass this information to the Chair of the Governing Body. Alternatively, you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer on 0161 912 5024.
The fire alarm is a long continuous bell. Please leave the school building via the nearest exit and assemble on the school field near to Reception outdoor area. Visitors waiting in the reception area should exit and assemble on Bridgenorth Avenue.
All phones must be on silent or switched off whilst in school. Phones must not be used to take photographs of children or activities. Phones may only be used in the staffroom or in the office when/where there are no children present.
At Highfield Primary School we strive to safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children.
Thank you for helping to keep Highfield Primary School safe.
Please click on the link to read our Safeguarding Policy Highfield Primary School Safeguarding Policy 2016-17
More information can be found on Trafford's Safeguarding Children Board website TSCB
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