Harlyn Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all pupils and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, pupils and staff at school.
To promote a safe environment for students, the school employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers, including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed by clicking on the 'Policies' section of the website.
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 parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Headteacher.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Upper KS2 Phase Leader
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is the Chair of Governors.
The Duty Officer in the Local Authority can be contacted on 01895 250111.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life, we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the Headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.
If you have any serious concerns about your child, another pupil or a member of staff please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
Our school is part of an initiative called Operation Encompass. This is a project that will run jointly between schools and the Metropolitan Police Service. Operation Encompass is the notification to schools that a child (under 18) has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. The school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed and can then support the wellbeing of the child. This knowledge is kept confidential and allows the school to make immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.