Highfields School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our students. Everyone; staff, governors and volunteers working in or for our school, shares a fundamental objective to help keep children and young people safe. Each student's welfare is of paramount importance. We will:
- provide a caring, supportive and positive environment in which children feel safe, can learn and develop.
- equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to keep themselves safe.
- ensure we practise safe recruitment in recruiting staff and volunteers to work with children
- ensure that all adults working Highfields' students model positive behaviour and carry out their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.
We encourage all members of staff, parents/carers and students to immediately report:
- any suspicion that a child may have suffered harm, is injured, marked or bruised
- any explanation given which appears inconsistent or suspicious
- any concerns that a child is presenting signs or symptoms of abuse or neglect
- any significant changes in a child's presentation, including non-attendance.
- any hint or disclosure of abuse from any person
- any concerns regarding person(s) who may pose a risk to children (e.g. living in a household with children present).
We should never ignore evidence of unusual/suspicious physical injuries observed on students. Please inform the designated members of staff and action will be taken.
If you have any Safeguarding concerns, please inform a member of the Safeguarding team immediately.
For our full Safeguarding Policy, click HERE
Founded in 2005 as a collaboration between the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and Parent Zone, ParentINFO provides information, support and advice for parents
YoungMinds, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and The Royal College of Psychiatrists give their advice on how to cope if you discover that your child is self-harming, based on conversations with real parents who have gone through it too.
The NSPCC explains how a simple conversation will help to keep your child safe from sexual abuse
Exams can be a major source of stress for many young people so helping them deal with any worries as a parent or carer is very important
Jonathan Baggaley, from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) explains how abusers operate and what parents/carers can do to protect their children
Despite being illegal in the UK since 1985, up to 20,000 girls in the UK are still at risk from the dangerous procedure
The internet gives students access to entire libraries of information and enables them to contact people from all across the world. However, it is important to recognise - and be prepared for - the potential risks involved in allowing children individual online access and ways to keep them safe from issues including exposure to strangers using fake social media profiles, cyber bullying or unsavoury information.