Safeguarding at HTPD
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Clare Brunet.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Our Safeguarding governor is: Mark Sharman (contacted via the clerk to the governors, Jane Bennet, email@example.com)
Designated Safeguarding Leads
The term “Designated Safeguarding Lead” (DSL) is used in the Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education document and refers to the person accountable for overseeing the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care. The role of the DSL must be fulfilled by a member of the school’s senior leadership team to ensure that they have appropriate authority and status to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters.
If you have a concern about a child, please contact a DSL. If your concern is about an adult working or volunteering in the school, you should contact the Headteacher (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your concern is about the Headteacher, you should contact the chair of governors, Rev. Robert Cotton (email@example.com). All school DSLs are contactable via: firstname.lastname@example.org or via their individual email addresses.
Alternatively, you can contact Surrey Children's Services directly:
- Office hours: 0300 470 9100
- Out of hours: 01483 517 898 · Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – 0300 123 1650 or email: LADO@surreycc.gov.uk
At HTPD, we take safeguarding and child protection very seriously. We have a number of policies and procedures that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Key policies can be viewed here (positive touch policy, whistleblowing, child protection policy, behaviour policy, online safety policy, mobile phone policy).
HTPD is committed to providing a caring, friendly, safe and Christian environment for all our pupils so that they can learn in an atmosphere of mutual respect and co-operation.
HTPD prioritises safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children and young people. We ensure that all our recruitment and employment practices reflect this commitment. The safety and wellbeing of every child in the care of HTPD is our absolute priority; our aim is that everyone in the school community is supported to flourish and “live life in all its fullness”. We expect all of our staff, pupils, parents, governors, visitors, contractors and third-party professionals to share this view. The safeguarding and protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.
How our commitment is implemented:
We have a Child Protection Policy and safeguarding procedures in place. All staff (as well as supply staff, volunteers, visitors and governors) have a responsibility to ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Through regular training, communication and a focus on children’s wellbeing, all members of the school community know that safeguarding and the protection of children is everyone’s responsibility. All staff (as well as supply staff, volunteers, visitors and governors) must uphold the school’s code of conduct, prioritise safeguarding procedures and know what to do if they are concerned about the welfare of a child.
Safeguarding is prioritised every day by creating a positive school atmosphere, ensuring the highest standards of health and safety, and through our approach to teaching and learning, our pastoral support and our care for both pupils and school staff.
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 conversation would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
The school curriculum, in particular subjects such as PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education), online safety education and RSE (relationships and sex education), teaches children how to stay safe. Our collective worship programme focuses on respect and empathy, and reflects on our school values, in particular that “everyone is treasured and loved as a unique child of God.” The school’s culture and ethos, firmly rooted in our school vision and values, puts children’s wellbeing at the centre.
- Keeping children safe in education
- Mental health and behaviour in schools
- Children missing education
- Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions
- Working together to safeguard children
The following websites may be of help or interest to you:
- Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
- Report child abuse to your local council
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
- Smoking in vehicles
- Department of Education: Tackling Child Abuse Together
- Think u Know (Parent e-safety information)
Other Useful Phone Numbers
- NSPCC Child Protection Line: 0808 800 5000
- Childline: 0800 1111
- New NSPCC Helpline
- Dedicated NSPCC helpline: 0800 136 663
To support survivors of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings, a dedicated helpline, run by the NSPCC, has been established. The new helpline will provide both children and adults who are potential victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish.