Keeping our children safe is our highest priority. In assemblies we often talk about children needing these things first, in order to learn well:
To be SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY
This page is all about safeguarding our children - keeping them safe in every way within our community, and helping them to learn about how they can keep themselves safe.
Safeguarding children statement
At Hudson Primary School the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our children is our highest priority. Parents and carers send their children to our school each day, trusting us to provide a secure environment in which their children will flourish. We do everything we can to ensure that this expectation is a reality in our school. Paperwork can be found on the polices page on this website.
- The Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO) are Niki Craddock (Headteacher) and Kelly Herron (Children's Centre Manager), n the absence of the headteacher the DSO is Deputy head teacher Kerri McNally.
- The Safeguarding Governor is Daniel Garside.
- The Chair of Governors is also Daniel Garside.
There is a detailed Child Protection Policy, which is available in the policies section of this website. It is the Governing Body’s duty to ensure the policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. Certain governors and all staff have had appropriate child protection/safeguarding training, which is updated at least every three years. DSOs have further training and all staff have undergone Prevent training.
Health and safety
The school has a Health and Safety Policy, which is monitored by the school Premises Committee of governors . Risk assessment and general heath and safety acticites are carried out termly.
On a half-termly basis, there is a fire drill to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings and a lock down practice in the event of an intruder or any other emergency that involves the children to remain calm in the classroom. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. There is also an Emergency management plan that details what staff and parents/carers should do in the case of emergencies.
All members of our teaching team are trained to oversee first aid, including paediatric first aid. There are a number of first aid kits situated around school. Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with children with the utmost sensitivity. Wherever necessary, parents/carers will be contacted or asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision making process for such matters. In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting the parent. The school has a Medical Conditions Policy and an Intimate Care Policy.
Hudson Primary School is a secure site with door access control. We have clear routines and procedures in place, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it and the whole school community has a responsibility to help us maintain security. Our children and parents/carers are crucial to this process and we encourage you to report any concerns to the school office.
We take great care to maintain a secure site around the perimeter of the school and all children are supervised at all times. In the unlikely event of a child leaving the school premises without permission, staff have been asked never to chase after a child, but rather to report immediately to the school leadership team. Then parents/carers and police will be informed of the circumstances.
We encourage all pupils and staff to consider their means of travel to school. This will include walking, car sharing and the use of public transport. Parents/carers are asked to be considerate of others when bringing their child to school by car and park where they will not be causing a problem to pedestrians, residents or other drivers. The safety of our children is a key priority for us all.
Appointment and induction of staff and work placements
All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the headteacher and the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We have a Safer Recruitment Policy. The headteacher, deputy headteacher, Children's centre manager and Chair of Governors have undertaken relevant training. They sit on all appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for their induction period. It is the responsibility of the mentors to familiarise new staff with procedures, policies and safeguarding practices, which affect the health and safety of all at school, especially the children.
Induction of volunteers
All volunteers must also have DBS clearance. For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.
We confirm that all visitors with a professional role - e.g. visiting teachers, the School Nurse or members of the police - have relevant clearance. Students who work within our school community also have their DBS clearance confirmed. Anyone who spends time in school without this confirmation will be accompanied at all times.
This school follows advice that physical intervention may be used if there is the possibility that a child may be about to cause harm to him/ herself or to another. On no occasion will any form of physical contact be used as a punishment. All allegations of abuse by or complaints about a teacher will be dealt with following clear procedures, initially by the head teacher. For any complaints about the head teacher, the Chair of Governors should be contacted directly.
The design of the curriculum
The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two key ways.
Firstly, the curriculum - through cross-curricular topics and planning around Personal, Social and Health Education - discusses relevant issues with the children. Specific topics include such themes as Drugs, Sex and Relationships, Stranger Danger and e-Safety. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues together and with their teachers/learning support assistants. We also discuss a wide range of issues around safety and well being on a very regular basis in assemblies.
Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taken out of school, appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are authorised by the head teacher.
Risk assessments are conducted for all activities beyond the school grounds, and these are signed off by the Educational Visits Coordinator and headteacher.
Children should be encouraged to use the internet, but at all times in a safe way. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers should ensure that this does not happen. If any adult or child suspects misuse, either by a teacher or child, the issue must be reported to the head teacher without delay. Our Network Administrator has overall responsibility for internet safety and is also the internet and email manager for school. For more information, see our E-Safety Policy.
Disability equality scheme and equal opportunities
At Hudson Primary School we work to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all are considered equal in the learning partnership. When children have special needs, we make arrangements to inform parents/carers and design specific programmes. We ensure that the outcomes for all groups of children allow them to reach their full potential. Children with physical needs and disabilities must be able to take a full and active part in every lesson and activity, and every measure is taken to ensure this. For more information, see our Equality and Diversity Policy.
Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations. Our policy shows our strong emphasis on positive approaches, but also our clear boundaries in responding to behaviour choices that threaten the learning, well being or safety of others. For more information, see our Positive Behaviour Leadership Policy.
Our definition of bullying is: Several Times On Purpose - STOP.
The school’s response to this is unequivocal. We do not tolerate bullying in our school community, and as soon as we are aware of an issue we act promptly and effectively.
Adults must be informed immediately and action will be taken. If any child tells us that they feel they are being bullied, they know that we will support them and deal with the problem very quickly. Although bullying in this school is rare the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. For more information, see our Anti-bullying Policy.
Photographing and filming
There has been a lot of controversy recently about adults photographing and filming young people. The concerns are genuine, and at Hudson Primary School we have taken a sensible, balanced approach, which allows parents/carers to photograph and video, providing they follow certain guidelines: Parents/carers taking photographs are advised in advance of all school events that photographs must be for their own use within their families, and are not to be used in any social media.
Hudson Primary School uses images of children, both on our website and in press releases. However parents/carers are given the option at intake to refuse use of their child's image. Parents/carers can change their preferences at anytime by requesting a consent form from the office.
If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working within the school, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the head teacher or Governing body accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally. Staff should be prepared to discuss issues in the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the highest appropriate level of confidentiality. For more information, see our Whistleblowing Policy.
Child Sexual Exploitation - raising awareness with parents
An elected member working group recently considered CSE issues and felt that there still needed to be more awareness raising with parents of the dangers.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Virtual College teamed up to provide a short, free online course entitled ‘Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE’ designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to protect children against sexual exploitation. Details are available via the following link:https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses