Safeguarding

At Hathersage St. Michael's CE (A) Primary School, the safety of our children is paramount. All staff, governors and parents are asked to work together to ensure that the school environment is a safe place to learn and to work.

We take our responsibilities for Safeguarding extremely seriously and all staff have received training in First Aid, Child Protection, Safeguarding and our duties with regard to the 'Prevent' agenda.

Children are taught to use the internet safely and all staff are asked to read and sign an Acceptable Use of IT Policy annually.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Mrs Jackson and Mrs Lightfoot

Our Safeguarding Governor is: Dr Kirsty Rogerson

Safeguarding is everyone’s business, if you are concerned about a child please contact Starting Point on 01629 533190 for further advice or contact the school's safeguarding leads.

Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2022 2023 V13

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused

Keeping children safe in education 2022

Working together to safeguard children Statutory framework legislation relevant to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

Early Help

Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A) Primary School is committed to providing appropriate Early Help for families who may need help when they encounter a range of difficulties and challenges.

Early Help may involve working with a child in school to support their emotional and mental health. We offer several interventions to support emotional health and wellbeing. We promote and practise positive wellbeing strategies across the school and actively engage the children in activities to develop this. We also signpost our families to support groups etc. that can be accessed locally.

In addition to the support we provide in school on a daily basis, we also contribute to the local cluster primary schools collective funding of an Early Help Offer run through Hope Valley College. This gives us access to Early Help, working closely with the Family Resource Worker, Eric Millington, who is based at the College. In this way we can work collaboratively to support the families in our community.

 Eric has responsibility for seven other Primary schools in addition to Hathersage  St. Michael’s CE Primary. He offers support to families that may need help over and above that which is routinely available to all of us. Eric has worked in the public sector for twenty-eight years and has been a fantastic asset to our school.

 We all need a helping hand sometimes – whether that’s dealing with debt, our mental health or the trials and tribulations of raising children when things get difficult. So if you feel that your child or your family may benefit from some support, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment, in confidence, with Mrs Jackson and we will work together to find the right support for you.

Eric Millington Student and Family Support Worker. Hope Valley College and feeder Primary Schools. T: School: 01433 620555 (Extension 2425). Mobile: 07912 259122 

E: emillington@hopevalley.derbyshire.sch.uk (Working hours: Monday to Thursday 0830-1530).

 

Prevent Strategy

Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A) Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils. 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. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance towards those with different faiths and beliefs.

 On the 1st 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 our commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance to help build resilience to extremism.

 Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST - the government's Counter-Terrorism Strategy which aims to stop terrorism and radicalisation.

 As a school, we are tasked by the government to be watchful and to make our children aware of the dangers. Of course, we do this in sensitive and age-appropriate ways. These range from discussions about recent news events, to highlighting the problems with violent computer - and importantly, celebrating the differences within our culture, rather than stigmatising them.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent Strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours.

The Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support;
  • works with a wide range of sectors including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health.

Our Safeguarding Lead is also our Prevent Lead. Our staff have completed their CHANNEL and Prevent (Counter-Terrorism) training. School staff receive yearly safeguarding training, and this includes Prevent.