Safeguarding at HWPS

Hester’s Way Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We actively teach the children about safeguarding themselves, within our curriculum.

We have effective policies, procedures and practice in place.

Following a recent Section 175 Safeguarding Audit in October 2019, there were no concerns about safeguarding. This Section 175 visit was undertaken as part of the Traded Services for Safeguarding Children and to ensure that the school is undertaking safeguarding duties in line with Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and to offer advice and support where required.

Hester’s Way Primary School was inspected by Ofsted in January 2018 and it was noted that  safeguarding was effective.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that may further affect the pupil’s welfare and safety.

A consent sharing form is used, from the Early Help Partnership.

Our staff are Child Protection trained. We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Staff are trained in the Prevent Strategy, as well as Female Genital Mutilation. We understand that in both situations an immediate response to the police is vital.

We use government documents for safeguarding and follow the Gloucestershire Children’s Safeguarding Executive (GSCE) protocols. We also use the NSPCC website for safeguarding resources.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Kirsti Ashman.

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Mel Richards

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Sarah Royle

Pastoral Support Lead: Jackie Harris

Safeguarding Governor: Jonathan Glover