Safeguarding and Child Protection
If you're worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, please click on this link
Safeguarding the welfare of the children at Hayfield is always a top priority for us and we recognise that it is everyone's responsibility in school to protect children and keep them safe from harm. We do this in a number of ways:
- The school follows all statutory requirements with respect to safeguarding and child protection.
- We have policies and procedures in place, in line with statutory laws and guidance, that are adopted by all staff and governors and regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure that we are following latest guidance and meeting the needs of all of our children. Please see our safeguarding policy and all related policies, on this website.
- We carry out an annual Derbyshire County Council S175 audit of safeguarding, including online-safety, and report to governors and the local authority, who monitor the safeguarding policy and procedures and any incidents that we might have had. The link governor has regular meetings with the headteacher to discuss progress against actions.
- All staff receive regular training on child protection, first aid, CPR and defibrillator use. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Headteacher, Mr Papadopoulos, and the Deputy DSL is Mrs Holmes.
- Our Staff Induction Handbook contains all relevant information with regards to staff roles and responsibilities in keeping children safe at Hayfield. All student teachers, supply teachers and adult helpers in school are also equipped with the information they need to comply with our safeguarding policy.
- We adopt a zero tolerance towards bullying, since we are very aware of the damage that bullying can do to children's mental health, well-being and general progress. Keeping children safe from bullying is a topic visited on a regular basis with the children through our PSHE curriculum, questionnaires, assemblies and when situations arise. We take part in the annual National Anti-Bullying Week and we also provide training and information for parents about keeping children safe online.
- Questionnaires show that the vast majority of parents agree that their child is safe and feels safe in school. Children feel able to approach the staff about their worries or concerns because they know that they will be listened to and supported. Our most recent Ofsted report (November 2016) states that safeguarding is effective and notes that 'pupil safety is a high priority in the school'.
- We have an open door policy and encourage any parent who has a question or concern about their child's safety to come and see us promptly to discuss the matter and find a resolution together.
- We have a very knowledgeable and active safeguarding governor, who supports the school in keeping up-to-date with new initiatives, developments and changes in relation to safeguarding.
- The school ensures that our curriculum covers all aspects of safeguarding, e.g. personal safety, British Values, character development, cyber-bullying, extremism and radicalisation, child exploitation etc - all at an appropriate level for the age and ability of the children.
- Parents are kept informed through our newsletter about safeguarding initiatives and new resources, especially in relation to online-safety.
As a school all our staff team have annual training utilising the document Keeping Children Safe in Education (link here). It has important information and links that support us all, ensuring we work together to keep all children safe from abuse and harm.
As a cluster of schools we employ 2 family resource workers and an overarching safeguarding manager to provide Early Help to our children and their families. These workers are able to facilitate courses for parents, signposting for families and practical solutions. They are incredibly experienced in providing Early Help and working in partnership with other agencies. We are proud to be part of this exciting initiative which will help our local schools to further work together and provide support and stability for our most vulnerable families.
We frequently visit the topic of online safety - through our PSHE curriculum, assemblies and as and when issues arise. We provide information for parents through newsletters, leaflets and information sessions.
Please may I remind parents that your primary aged children should not have social media accounts on sites that require them to be 13 or over. This applies to You Tube too. We teach children all the time about keeping themselves on line. If they do have an account on any social media or gaming sites, please remind them NOT to disclose any personal information about themselves, where they live or where they go to school.
Please do not hesitate to contact school should you have any queries, questions or concerns around safeguarding and online safety.
Please click on the link to see "The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet"
Stopping Domestic Abuse Together is an initiative led by Derbyshire Police in conjunction with Social Services, Health Services, schools and other agencies, who work together to safeguard children and adults.
Domestic Abuse can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Children and young people witnessing domestic abuse
Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing and scary and it causes serious harm to children.
Children who witness domestic abuse can experience a wide range effects. They may:
- Become anxious and depressed
- Have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares
- Be easily startled, flinch or react disproportionately to loud noises
- Complain of physical symptoms such as tummy ache
- Start wetting the bed
- Have temper tantrums and display challenging behaviour at school
- Behave younger than they are
- Not want to go to school
- Become aggressive towards others
- Have poor self-worth
- Have difficulty forming positive relationships
They may feel:
- Guilty - because they think they have done something wrong
- Powerless - because they can't stop the violence
- Confused - because it doesn't make sense
- Angry - because it shouldn't be happening
- Sad - because it's a loss
- Afraid - because they may be hurt, they may lose someone they love, others may find out
- Alone - because they think it is only happening to them
What is SDAT?
SDAT is an early notification system to schools to quickly notify them of any incidents of domestic abuse where the Police have attended a household where children live.
This enables schools to understand changes in a child's behaviour, attitude or general presentation and to support children if needed.
The Hideout is an organisation that offers support and advice to children and families affected by Domestic Abuse.
Most children spend some time staying with friends and relatives at some time during their childhood. However, for some children these arrangements can be longer term.
If a child aged under 16 years (or under 18 years if they are disabled) stays with people who are not related to them for 28 days or more, this is known as a private fostering arrangement and special rules apply.
Private fostering is the term used to describe an arrangement made privately (that is without the involvement of a local authority) between a child's parents and a carer of their choice.
A child is considered to be in private foster care if they are in the full time care of someone who is not directly related, nor is a legal guardian, for a total of 28 days or longer.
The period of 28 days does not have to be continuous. If, for example, a child regularly stays with a school friend's family and this arrangement adds up to 28 days or longer, after which he or she returns home to the full-time care of their parents, then this would not be a private fostering arrangement.
However, if a child is cared for by a non-relative or legal guardian but returns to the parent at weekends, then this is a private fostering arrangement.
Private fostering and childminding
Private fostering is different from child minding in that the child in foster care lives with the carer. Childminders can only offer daily care and occasional overnight stays.
Private fostering arrangements are used by some parents to meet the needs of their children. Such agreements are acceptable providing specific guidelines are followed for the protection of the child, the parents and the carers.
Some teenagers may choose to live with another family who agrees to care for them. The same rules apply.
Let us know about a private foster care arrangement
What is best for the child is always the first consideration even if the arrangement is not intended to be long term.
If you are looking after a child and think you could be a private foster carer or you are the parent of a child who is cared for by someone who is not a relative - contact Derbyshire County Council for advice tel: 0800 083 7744 - you may be involved in a private fostering arrangement.