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Safeguarding children at HJS

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by the Department of Education as:

- protecting children from maltreatment;

- preventing impairment of children's health or development;

- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;

- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. All those who come into contact with children and their families have a role to play in keeping children safe.

 

In order to promote and ensure the safeguarding of children, we adopts policies and procedures in order to ensure the safety of all children. This page is arranged in order to allow parents and visitors to be aware of such procedures.

 

The Safeguarding Team at Hamstead Junior School consists of:

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead  - Mr N Fowler (Acting Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs S Kaur (Acting Deputy Headteacher)

Nominated Governor for Safeguarding - Mrs L Howard (Chair of the Governing Board)

A Guide to Good Practice

Consistent with procedures followed by Sandwell Children’s Trust

Safeguarding and Child Protection 

for Settings

Child abuse can take place in families irrespective of class, culture, race, and religion or income group.  Abusers may be strangers but they are more likely to be trusted people close to the child, including carers, other professionals, relatives or friends as well as parents.

It is because of this that all staff in school need to have a clear understanding of what to do if they think a child might be abused or neglected and what happens if a parent is suspected of abusing a child.

Before staff report any suspected abuse, parents will normally be contacted beforehand to share our intention to report the concerns.  However, this contact with parents is not always appropriate. For example, if the child may be placed at an increased risk of significant harm then the call will not take place. Staff in school will always follow the direction and advice of Sandwell Children’s Trust when deciding to contact parents.

If we think that a child in our care might have been neglected or abused we have a duty to report it to The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).  Once reported, Agencies based at the MASH will securely collate information within the MASH from all available sources to make an informed decision concerning any required intervention. 

Operation Encompass works to safeguard children and families by ensuring that school can respond quickly to support children and families who have been exposed to, or witnessed incidents of domestic violence.

Links to recommended sites that parents may find useful. Hamstead Junior School is not responsible for the information contained on these sites.

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