What is safeguarding?
From the NSPCC website, safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Who is responsible for safeguarding?
At Hampton Infant School, and Nursery we take the safeguarding of our pupils seriously. We all have a shared responsibility and a duty of care to safeguard our community. All members of staff, as well as volunteers and those who visit the school regularly, are all subject to enhanced DBS checks to ensure their suitability for working with children.
At HISN staff are trained to know what to do should a safeguarding issue arise. Our volunteers undergo a comprehensive safeguarding training so that they, too, are aware of our procedures.
Mobile phones are not permitted to be used on site by visitors or volunteers, and staff have all agreed to a comprehensive mobile phone policy and do not use their phone when children are around.
Should anyone have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child at school, please report your concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Claire Tester, or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Helen Lockey. Other members of staff who are trained as Safeguarding Leads are Melissa Talbot. All of our safeguarding leads are trained to Level 3.
Our safeguarding governor is Alison Horn.
Click here to see our Child Protection policy
Local Safeguarding Children Board
The Richmond Local Safeguarding Children Board is an independent statutory board that ensures everyone is working together for the safety and well-being of children and young people in the London Borough of Richmond. If you have concerns about a child’s developmental needs, issues around parenting or you may suspect a child is being neglected or subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse then you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on the following number and discuss your concerns.
020 8547 5008 (during office hours)
020 8744 2442 (evenings and weekends)
The following websites also provide advice and guidance about how to keep your child safe and support for families.
Refuge-Domestic Violence Support
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019