Keeping Safe In School and Around Our Community
Hemlington Hall Academy is committed to ensuring the well-being of every child and keeping them safe from emotional, mental and physical harm. Policies and procedures for safeguarding children and child protection can be assessed using our website (polices section) or MSCB www.teescpp.org.uk. Children’s safety is paramount at Hemlington Hall Academy.
If you have a child protection of a welfare concern about any child in school or within the community, please telephone:
Tees Safeguarding Children’s Board Team on 01642 130700
Alternatively, you may speak confidentially to a designated person in school.
At Hemlington Hall Academy the designated lead for safeguarding is Mrs Edmenson, she is the Single Point of Contact (SPOC). The deputy designated lead for safeguarding is Mr Kirby-Bowstead/Mrs Padgett. All members of the senior leadership are designated safeguarding leads, Mrs Padgett (Assistant Head), Miss Norlund (EYFS Lead), Miss Lovatt (SEND Lead), Mrs Knox (KS2 Lead), Mrs Simon (HLTA) and Mrs Harrison (Family Liaison Officer). The governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Mrs Braithwaite (Chair of Governors).
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- All staff and visitors to the school are asked to sign in and read a safeguarding information explaining the does and don’ts in school regarding safeguarding. Visitors are given identification tags/stickers issued by the office to wear whilst they are in school.
- All staff are trained in safeguarding and are responsible to ensure everybody follows the correct procedures.
- Posters are around school informing staff and visitors of the safeguarding procedures and identifying the staff who are designated leads. Please see below for a copy of the safeguarding policy.
- The school Family Support Officer, Mrs Harrison works with and supports families.
- E-safety – we work with a number of professionals to ensure that children are knowledgeable about dangers online and how to protect themselves (e.g. Mr Dixon, police).
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding policy and procedures (see school policies).
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
It is essential that we collect all of the necessary information from parents/carers in advance of a child starting our school. This information may include…
At least 2 emergency contact numbers/address;
the child’s special dietary requirements;
the child’s medical requirements;
information about who has legal contact with the child and parental responsibility for the child.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT PARENTS AND CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS
Review of Policy and Practice
Our policies and practice are reviewed at least annually to incorporate the latest statutory guidance and Department of Education information.