At Hazeldene School, Safeguarding and Child Protection is paramount and we are fully committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children and expect all staff and volunteers share this commitment.
We believe that all pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
We believe that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such, our school aims to create the safest environment within which every pupil has the opportunity to strive and reach their full potential. We recognise the importance of us ensuring our pupils know how to seek support, feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We want everyone to feel safe and secure.
- All of our pupils are safe and protected from harm,
- Other elements of provision and policies are in place to enable pupils to feel safe and adopt safe practices;
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours’ and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils.
The school pays full regard to the DfES guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including volunteers and staff employed by contractors. Safer recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, and checking previous employment history. It also includes undertaking interviews and DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checks.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Hazeldene School has a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads. Click here to meet the team.
If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child, please share those concerns with a member of the team. Please note any information will remain confidential but if there are any concerns in relation to the safety of the child, we will have to refer it to the Bedford Integrated Front Door.
NSPCC stands for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It means that each of us has a responsibility to keep childhood free from abuse, and we must do everything possible to protect children and prevent it from happening.
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Bedford Integrated Front Door (previously MASH)
The IFD brings together the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Early Help Hub in one place to facilitate early, better quality information sharing, analysis and decision-making to safeguard children, young people and families more effectively.
The Early Help Hub focuses on partnership working with agencies to provide children, young people and families with early help assessments and intervention to ensure families are able to access services and support at the right time.
How to contact the Integrated Front Door
If your concern is of an immediate safeguarding nature then please contact the Integrated Front Door on 01234 718700 during office hours (8.45am to 5.20pm, Monday to Thursday; 8.45am to 4.20pm on a Friday) or out of office hours please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 300 8123.
01234 718700 during office hours
0300 300 8123 out of hours
The role of the LADO is set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and is governed by the Authorities duties under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and MKSCB Inter-Agency Policy and Procedures (Ch 2.8). This guidance outlines procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children who are paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency or anyone self employed.
The LADO* must be contacted within one working day in respect of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child;
- possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.
If you need to report an allegation or concern about an adult who works with children you should, in the first instance, speak to your Senior Manager and then to the LADO/Designated Officer within one working day of all allegations that come to an employer's attention or that are made directly to the Police.
- Bedford Borough: 01234 276 693 or via secure email: [email protected]
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- What to Do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused
- Bedfordshire Police