Designated Safeguarding Lead: Michael Cotton (Head of School and Key Stage 1 Leader)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Sam Thomas (Deputy Headteacher and Teaching and Learning Leader), Annabel Hill (Key Stage 2 Leader)
The Nominated Governor for safeguarding children is: Mrs Christina Moxon
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. Please see the Policies section of our website to view the safeguarding policy which goes into further detail.
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 his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. Our Academy has a legal duty to refer cases causing concern to the relevant authorities.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school, please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officers.
All children have the right to benefit from the exciting opportunities that a connected world can bring to them. However, the digital world continues to develop and change at great speed, which makes it all the more important for children to be educated in Internet Safety.
At Hawkes Farm Academy, we are committed to providing children with the knowledge they need to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour. Throughout our curriculum, children are given the opportunity to develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.
Internet Safety is an essential life skill that children need to approach with confidence. We therefore appreciate the support of parents, carers and other responsible adults to ensure that online environments remain as safe as possible.
The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet is to engage in conversation; we teach our pupils that they must speak to a trusted adult if they ever need any support. We also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to ensure that children are supervised at home at all times, especially when accessing the internet and gaming platforms.
Below you can find a variety of resources available to support the conversation around Internet Safety at home:
– Talking about life online (https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/have-a-conversation/)
– Parents Guide to Technology (https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers)
– Talking to your children about online safety (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/)
As part of Hawkes Farm Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy. As part of our annual Safeguarding training, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities. Related issues are now discussed at every Strategic Governing Body meeting.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:
• responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
• provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
• works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
If you are concerned that a member of staff, a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at Hawkes Farm Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hate website by the DfE: click here.