Safeguarding and Child Protection
Our School Statement:
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have trained Designated Safeguarding Leaders in school for the reporting of any safeguarding issues; these are
Mr N Whitehouse (Head Teacher)
Mr D Wilson (Deputy Head Teacher)
Mrs N Quadri (Pastoral Manager: Main Site)
Miss J Hussain (Pastoral Manager: Annex)
Mrs J Hallam (Assistant Head Teacher)
Mrs C Walters (Assistant Head Teacher)
Ms V Kyereh (Assistant Head Teacher)
Mrs T O'Brien (Year 2 Year Group Leader)
Ms L Tapper (School Business Manager)
Governor responsible for safeguarding: Karen Mackenzie
Our designated teacher for Looked After Children (LAC) is Mr D Wilson.
Our Single Point of Contact (SPOC) is Mrs N Quadri.
Our Mental Health Lead is Mrs N Quadri.
Our Senior Mental Health Leader is Mr D Wilson.
Please see our Safeguarding and Child protection Policy below.
Operation Encompass is a joint operation involving Harborne Primary School, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council, and West Midlands Police. Operation Encompass has been established to help schools provide in-school support to children who have been present at, exposed to or involved in any domestic abuse incident.
Please see the link below and the letter to parents below to find out more.
YOUR HELP WITH SAFEGUARDING OUR CHILDREN
We are constantly reviewing our safeguarding procedures in school and would like to update you as parents/carers on this matter.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
(‘Children’ includes everyone under the age of 18.)
(DfE September, 2023)
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However, all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.
Your help as Parents/Carers:
If you have any concerns about your own child, including anything they discuss with you about school, please do not hesitate to come into school and discuss with one of the above members of staff.
You may not think a particular incident is of any consequence but it may be part of a bigger picture which school need to be informed of in order to exercise our duty of care towards all of the children at Harborne Primary.
Please be assured that any information will be treated professionally and in line with Birmingham safeguarding policies and procedures.