Harvington C.E. First and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We follow procedures set out by the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) and adopt the guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE).
Safeguarding Procedures and Cause for Concern
Our first priority is a child’s welfare and as such, we recognise the need to provide a safe environment and to take reasonable action to ensure the safety of all our children. The school, through its curriculum, promotes safeguarding by teaching how to children can stay safe, how to protect themselves and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety. The school has clear policies and these are shared below.
However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment or other forms of abuse and are therefore at risk of harm. We will always discuss these concerns with his/her parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In these cases, school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures detailed in the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below and will inform Children's Services of the concern.
If you are concerned about a child’s safety or well-being, or would like to know more about Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures at Harvington C.E. First and Nursery School please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Fishbourne, Mrs Enstone or Mrs McCaugherty by phoning 01386 870412 or by emailing the office: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like further information about keeping your child safe, please click on the links below. Please also look at the Home School Link (Mrs McCaugherty's section on this website too (under the parents tab):
Safeguarding Policies and General Advice:
Help for adults concerned about a child: NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000
Sexual Abuse and Exploitation:
Domestic Violence and Abuse:
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The Local Authority Safeguarding Officer (LADO) - Contact Number: 01905 846221