Hazlehurst Community Primary School

Growing Together

Hazlehurst Community

Primary School

Growing Together

Safeguarding

Safeguarding and Child Protection at Hazlehurst Primary School

 

Hazlehurst Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

 

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Bury Integrated Safeguarding Partnership's Procedures and inform the Social Services of their concern.

 

If you have a concern about the welfare or safety of a child at our school please speak to:

Mrs A-M Knowles - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher

Mr J Perkin - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy headteacher

And in their absence

Miss G Hollis - Senior Leader

 

You can also contact the Chair of Governors, Miss Nabila Afilal, or the Designated Governor for Child Protection, Mrs Sian Freeman, if you have any concerns about child protection procedures or issues in our school. Contact details are available from the school office.

 

Child Protection in the Community

  • Have you got a serious concern about the safety of a child or young person up to the age of 18?
  • Do you think a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed?
  • Are you worried that a child is living in circumstances where they are treated badly and not cared for properly?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions and you don’t believe that the child or young person is being supported by a Social Worker, please contact the MASH Team immediately on 0161 253 5678

 

Early Help: Guidance for Parents to access support:

The Early Help delivery model has been developed through the multiagency Children Trust Partnership. 

  • There are 3 new locality Early Help teams based in Bury, Radcliffe and Whitefield and support all five neighbourhoods
  • The teams are working with children and young people, age 0-19, and their families
  • The teams are linked to the schools, so that every school in the borough has an Early Help contact
  • The Early Help teams link with partner organisations to ensure a joined up approach
  • A new Early Help assessment, the Story So Far, replaces the previous Early Help Family Support Plan and is already being successfully used by schools and other agencies

Contact details:

Bury East  Locality Team (including Tottington/Ramsbottom)

Telephone Number: 0161 253 5200

 

We are part of the Bury Operation Encompass project which supports children where domestic abuse has occurred.

Further information can be found in the booklet below along with our school's commitment to this project.

 

 

Link to Safeguarding & Child Protection and other related policies

Reporting abuse

Private Fostering

Private fostering is the term used when someone who is not a parent or a 'close relative' is looking after a child or young person under the age of 16 (under 18 if they are disabled) for 28 days or more in their own home. It also covers children who stay at a  residential school for more than two weeks of the school holidays. 
A relative is defined in the Children Act 1989 as a grandparent, uncle or aunt (whether by full-blood, half-blood or by marriage or civil partnership), sibling or step-parent. Examples of those who may care for a child in a Private Fostering Arrangement are those such as a great aunt, cousin, mum's friend or a neighbour.
 
Common situations in which children are privately fostered include:
·         Children with parents or families overseas
·         Children with parents working or studying in the UK
·         Asylum seekers and refugees
·         Trafficked children
·         Local children living apart from their families
·         Adolescents and teenagers
·         Children attending language schools
·         Children at independent boarding schools who do not return home for holidays
·         Children brought in from abroad with a view to adoption
In these situations the local council’s Children’s Services department must be informed. A social worker will visit the home to speak to the carer and the child to ensure the child is safe, carry out background checks and make sure support is being provided.
Birth parents, private foster carers and persons who are arranging for a child to be privately fostered are required by law to notify the local council’s Children’s Services department of the arrangement. If you know someone in a personal or professional capacity who is privately fostering or is about to, you should encourage them to notify Children’s Services and if they are not able to do so then you should take responsibility for notifying them.
 
Support available for private foster carers may include:
·         advice on benefits and possible funding for some essential items
·         parenting support and advice
·         help in bringing families in crisis back together

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