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August 19 2019

Keeping Our Children Safe

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

Hammond Academy is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupilsEach pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse.  We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.

First Aid

We have paediatric first aid trained members of staff, designated to oversee first aid and 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 and always seek guidance from the Headteacher. Wherever necessary, parents 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.

Health and Safety

The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored each term by the relevant members of the school governing body. 

At our request, the Local Authority provide an annual inpection service and we use their monitoring checklist to ensure we are compliant with all Health and Safety responsibilties. The Headteacher, Site Manager and Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list.

Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.

On at least a half-termly basis, there is a fire drill to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment.

There is also a critical incident plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.

In addition to the Health and Safety Policy there are policies regarding Food and Drink and Food and Hygiene. These determine safe practices in school and the Kitchen/ Dining Room. Following our inspection by Dacorum Borough Council on 17 November 2017, we have been rated “5 – very good”.


Excellent attendance is expected of all children. However, in the event that a child is unwell parents are asked to report absence by 8.45 am on the first day using our designated absence reporting line. Call 01442 404020 and select Option 1.

On the rare occasions where a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern, the school may work closely with the Local Authority’s Welfare officer. Attendance rates are reported each term to the LA, annually to the government, and to all parents. Positive systems are in place to encourage children to attend regularly and punctually, and the school is aware of its right to issue fixed penalties to parents who do not ensure good attendance and punctuality.

Appointment & Induction of Staff & 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 Principal and the Local Advisory Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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 Hammond safeguarding practices, which affect the health and safety of all at school, especially the children.

Induction of Volunteers

All volunteers must 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.

Welcoming Visitors

All visitors with a professional role – eg supply 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.

Child Protection

The school’s senior member of staff with designated responsibility for child protection undertakes basic child protection training and training in inter–agency working, (that is provided by HCC) and refresher training at 2 yearly intervals.

The Principal and all other school staff, including non-teaching staff, undertake appropriate induction training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively, which is kept up to date by refresher training at 3 yearly intervals.


The school provides opportunities within a range of curriculum areas to teach about eSafety.

Pupils are aware of the impact of online bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by these issues.  Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; i.e. parent/ carer, teacher/ trusted staff member, or an organisation such as Childline/ CEOP report abuse button.

Image Consent

Digital images are easy to capture, reproduce and publish and, therefore, misused.  We must remember that it is not always appropriate to take or store images of any member of the school community or public, without first seeking consent and considering the appropriateness.

Hammond Academy adopts a balance approach to photography during school events and requests that all parents and carers following 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. 

On a child’s entry to the school, all parents/carers will be asked to give permission to use their child’s work and/or photos for the school website, promotional material, prospectus, local and national press, webcam, etc.

This consent form is considered valid for the entire period that the child attends Hammond Academy. If at any time you wish to amend these details or withdraw permission, please contact the school office.