Hoo St Werburgh Primary School and Marlborough Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection & Safeguarding. Children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical /emotional harm, neglect and sexual abuse and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website. On occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult outside agencies such as social services. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed first with parents/carers before any such referrals are made, unless of course we believe that such action may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism, and all staff have CSE and FGM training.
Hoo St Werburgh Safeguarding Team Marlborough Centre Safeguarding Team
Mrs Brown Mrs Speller
Mrs Pace Mrs Amato
Mrs Poad Ms Kennett
Mr McLean Miss Negus
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British values are a core business of our work at Hoo St Werburgh Primary School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to learn about our diverse world and provides them with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE, SRE and IT curriculum covers all aspects of safeguarding and is taught across the school at an age appropriate level and in small groups or on a 1:1 basis where appropriate.
We encourage children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space to share their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities. This enables our pupils to develop an understanding of moral concepts in a way that: impacts positively on safeguarding; promotes British values and prevents radicalisation and extremism.
A number of practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum, for example:
- Road and rail safety
- Basic First Aid
- Stranger awareness
- Poolside and water safety
- Fire safety
- Visits from health professionals
- Supporting charity work, such as the Poppy Appeal and Children in Need
- NSPCC Visits and Assemblies
- Pupil voice and surveys: school council and ambassadors
- Online Safety workshops
- Hoo St Werburgh and Marlborough Centre Safeguarding Policy
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Guidance for Schools
- PREVENT Guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people
4. ROCC and ROCC Stars Holiday Provision Safeguarding Procedures
5. Safeguarding procedures for parents and carers- http://www.hoo-st-werburgh.medway.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Safeguarding-Procedures-leaflet-for-parents-carers.pdf
6. Working Together To Safeguard Children – http://www.hoo-st-werburgh.medway.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Working-Together-To-Safeguard-Children.pdf
Worried about a child?
Information, help, support and advice if you are worried about a child in Medway.
If you have concerns that a child or young person living in Medway is suffering from harm please use the following contact details;
Medway Children’s Safeguarding Partnership https://www.medway.gov.uk/mscb/
You can also phone 01634 334 466 or the 24 hour emergency number 03000 419 191.
Alternative telephone numbers if you have concerns about a child.
NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
Child Line on 0800 1111
Medway Police on 0162 2690 690
Other useful contact details
Non emergency number 101
Emergency number 999
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) – Tel: 01634 331307 / 01634 336 204
NSPCC Whistleblowing helpline is 0800 028 2085 (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday) or via email email@example.com
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
Educate Against Hate – https://educateagainsthate.com/
This is an important government website that provide advice and information about protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. Please note the poster in the staff corridor.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. However, it is about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss any issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.