At High Meadow Community School, Safeguarding and Child Protection is at the core of everything we do. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to do the same.
The Senior Leadership Team undertake ‘Safer Recruitment’ training to ensure we safely recruit the right staff and volunteers who are safe to work with children and young people.
We believe that all 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 the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
All staff are trained regularly (every half-term) on Safeguarding procedures and are made aware of important documentation including the School’s Safeguarding Policy and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. Our policies can be found in the section called ‘Useful documentation – Policies’ Our training also includes raising awareness of and providing information about ‘A Child Missing in Education, Child Sexual Exploitation and Female Genital Mutilation’. We also actively support the Government’s PREVENT agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.
At High Meadow we aim to ensure that:
- All of our pupils are safe and protected from harm,
- Other elements of provision and policies are in place to enable pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices,
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils.
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 are discussed with a parent/carer first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Both the Headteacher and Deputy Head are trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads. We also have 4 Deputy Safeguarding Leads who support the DSLs.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact us on 01675 462312. If you are a professional and need to contact a DSL URGENTLY out of hours, then please call 07803 563989.
Keeping your child safe online
High Meadow Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, we take the children’s safety on the internet very seriously. Keeping safe online is taught as part of our computing and online safety curriculum throughout the year.
Click here to find out more… https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
To help our parents and community we have put together some sites that provide information for children on how to stay safe while on the internet.
Acceptable Use Agreement:
Links to support parents at home:
Click on the following images for further support from a range of online safety providers.
PEGI provides age classifications for video games in 38 European countries. The age rating confirms that the game is appropriate for players of certain age. PEGI considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.
Paren’ts Guide to setting up devices: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/
Parent’s Guide to Privacy Settings: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/a-parents-guide-to-privacy-settings
Protective Behaviours is a practical, down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection.
We teach the Protective Behaviours curriculum to all children in the Autumn term when the children return from their summer break. We also re-visit this learning at regular intervals throughout the year.
Protective Behaviours Workbook
Click here to find out more… https://www.protectivebehaviours.org/
Watch this 3 minute video to learn more about how we empower children to keep themselves safe, through the Protective Behaviours approach
If you think a child is in immediate danger please dial 999 and contact the Police.
You can also find support via from the following services:
Warwickshire Early Help: Front Door Team 01926 414144
Warwickshire Emergency Duty Team 01926 886922
Warwickshire Family Information Service 01926 742274
Child Line 08001111
Domestic Violence Hotline 08002000247
MIND mental health support 03001233393
We would also ask that you follow guidelines to keep your child safe online and ensure that you monitor your child’s activity online.