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August 19 2019

Keeping Our Children Safe

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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.

Attendance

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 Trust’s Senior HR Officer.

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 Designated Senior Leads for child protection are Miss Graham (Deputy Principal) and Mrs Bloomfield (SENDCo).  They are supported by the Deputy Designated Senior Leads, Miss Anderson (Principal), Mrs Laver (Assistant Principal) and Mrs Young (Pastoral Support Worker). Our Child protection Policy is available here: https://hammondacademy.org.uk/our-school/policies/.

e-Safety

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.