Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding Statement: “Horsmonden Primary Academy and all the personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children.”

At Horsmonden Primary Academy we recognise the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.

We will endeavour to support the welfare and safety of all pupils through:

  • Maintaining children’s welfare as our paramount concern.
  • Ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • Ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don’t feel safe and identify who they might / can talk to.
  • Providing suitable support and guidance so that students have a range of appropriate adults to approach if they are in difficulties.
  • Promoting a positive, supportive, neutral and secure environment where pupils can develop a sense of being valued and heard in their own right.
  • Ensuring all steps are taken to maintain site security and student’s physical safety.
  • Working with parents to build an understanding of the school’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children including the need for referral to other agencies in some situations.
  • Ensuring all staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and are aware of the school’s procedures and lines of communication.
  • Monitoring children and young people who have been identified as having welfare or protection concerns;  keeping confidential records which are stored securely and shared appropriately with other professionals.
  • Developing effective and supportive liaison with other agencies.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Schools and colleges form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Horsmonden Primary Academy is Mrs Hayley Sharp (Principal) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Charlotte Mcleish.

Other information about the social networking sites children have access to can be found here.

Advice for parents / carers from the NSPCC can be found here.

Further advice for protecting children online is here