Safeguarding

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Our Safeguarding Policy seeks to support the child’s development in ways that will establish security, confidence and independence in protecting themselves and provides clear guidelines and expectations for all staff, pupils and parents to help achieve these goals. It should be regarded as central to the well-being of the child and therefore is an intrinsic part of school life and the curriculum.

At Hill View the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Clare Oakes

Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Richard Jackson

We provide our policy to all staff, and all staff follow it. It can be found in the policies section of the website.

Our governing board takes a proportionate, risk-based approach to determining the level of information our school gives to temporary staff and volunteers.

Our policy

  • Describes procedures which are in accordance with government guidance
  • Refers to locally agreed multi-agency arrangements put in place by the 3 safeguarding partners (the local authority, the clinical commissioning group for the area, and the chief officer of police for the area)
  • Is updated annually
  • Is available publicly (either via the school website or other means)
  • Reflects the fact that additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect among children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Covers peer-on-peer abuse, including:
    • Procedures to minimise the risk of peer-on-peer abuse
    • How allegations of peer-on-peer abuse will be recorded, investigated and dealt with
    • Clear processes as to how victims, perpetrators and any other child affected by peer-on-peer abuse will be supported
    • A clear statement that abuse is abuse and should never be tolerated or passed off as “banter”, “just having a laugh” or “part of growing up”
    • Recognition of the gendered nature of peer-on-peer abuse (i.e. that it's more likely that girls will be victims and boys perpetrators), but that all peer-on-peer abuse is unacceptable and will be taken seriously
    • The different forms peer-on-peer abuse can take, such as:
      • Sexual violence and sexual harassment
      • Physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, shaking, biting, hair pulling, or otherwise causing physical harm
      • Sexting (also known as youth produced sexual imagery), and our school’s approach to it
      • Initiation/hazing type violence and rituals
  • Is individual to our school and features relevant information unique to our school’s context
  • Features guidelines specific to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and reflects the requirements for the statutory framework for the EYFS, including covering the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy