Keeping Children Safe
We work closely together with parents, carers, community figures and a range of external professionals in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils.
We follow closely the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. Click the link for the latest government guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2 If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please contact school's designated Lead for Safeguarding; Jo Rice or Jake Howarth-Brown, or the person who deputises in this role, Catherine Hullis or Becky Wright.
We have an explicit duty to safeguard and protect children from abuse as defined in the Children Act (2004); the Education Act (2002 and 2011); DfE guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the 2020 statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021).
We keep everyone safe through our Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures; our PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) curriculum; our online safety curriculum and through pastoral support.
I'm a child and I don't feel safe
If you are scared or don’t feel safe at home or at school, you can do one of these things:
- Speak to any adult in your class at any time. We are here to help you.
- Speak to Miss Rice, Mr Howarth-Brown, Mrs Hullis or Miss Wright at any time.
- Phone Childline on 0800 11 11 anytime day or night. They are happy to speak to you about any worries. The call is free. Your teachers will be happy for you to use a phone in school – just ask.
I'm an adult and I'm concerned about a child
f you are concerned about the treatment of a child outside of school, you can do one of these things:
Report it to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (Miss Rice, Mr Howarth-Brown, Mrs Hullis or Miss Wright) by phoning the school on 0117 377 2196 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact First Response on
0117 903 6444 - during working hours
01454 615165 - out of hours and at weekends
In an emergency, please ring 999
I am concerned about an adult outside of school
If you are concerned about the safety or well-being of an adult (where children are not involved), you can do one of these things:
- Contact Care Direct:
0117 922 2700, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
There’s an answerphone service outside these hours.
- Look at the the following website for advice: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/report-suspected-abuse
- In an emergency, please ring 999
I am a child, or adult, and I don't feel safe at home
Support for children:
Child Line https://www.childline.org.uk/
Support for adults:
Next Link - for adult support https://nextlinkhousing.co.uk/
Domestic Violence Support https://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/
Zero Tolerance Bristol http://www.bristolzerotolerance.com/
Bristol against Violence and support https://www.bava.org.uk/
Some of you may already know about the Prevent programme which aims to prevent young people from being radicalised by for example, far right extremists or religious extremists.
In school we have a duty of care for the children and take note of any child who is at risk of radicalisation, regardless of their background. We also have to take steps to help prevent children being exposed to extremist ideas. It is important that all children feel safe in school and that they are able to express tolerance towards all cultures and religions, even when personal views may be different.
Here, at Henbury Court we approach this in a number of different ways. For example:
- We give very high priority to building relationships with children. Staff members know the children well and are trained to note any subtle changes in behaviour or attitude. Our safeguarding procedures are under constant review.
- We work hard to build our community and give all children a sense of belonging and responsibility. Examples include our School Council and Playground Leaders. We promote the importance of participation in society through a range of different events including charity events, attending recent careers fair, Being Brilliant Bristol, school fairs and attending community events. Class assemblies and topic presentations help children to feel valued and respected. We organise regular performances so that all children make their contribution.
- Our PSHE curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore feelings and opinions in a safe environment. We use this curriculum to help challenge attitudes such as racism or discrimination against people with a disability. We also talk about the democratic process through our School Council. Representatives are elected through class council and children are supported to share ideas and views through this process.
- Our e-safety teaching shows children how to stay safe on the internet and is regularly updated. We have worked with the Police to help parents better understand the dangers of unsupervised internet access.
- Throughout the curriculum and in assemblies we focus on British values, especially the need for respect, and acceptance of people from different backgrounds. Through the curriculum we consider the impact of war and promote peaceful values through our history and RE topics. Through all our teaching we aim to challenge prejudice and discrimination but we also take every opportunity to celebrate our diversity. For example, our ‘Where in the World?’ topic provides an opportunity to find out about other countries and cultures from across the world.
- We consider topical issues and address these in an age appropriate way. In assemblies this term we have looked at immigration and migration discussing the reasons why people move around the world. We have looked at some of the reasons people may be forced from their homes.
- We work closely with families to encourage participation in school life, through attendance and events and groups such as our Parents’ Group. We support children and parents who are new to the country through ensuring every attempt is made to welcome them into our school community.
- We work very closely with other agencies such as Social Care and the Police; if we felt a child was in danger of radicalisation, we would be able to act very quickly.
- Finally we rely on parents to provide any relevant information about safeguarding. If you have any reason to worry that a child you know is in danger of being exposed to extremist views, then please tell us in confidence. If you don’t want to speak to a member of school staff then you can ring the Police on 101. Your call will be handled confidentially.
If you want to know more about the Prevent strategy then Miss Rice, Mr Howarth-Brown, Mrs Hullis or Miss Wright will be happy to speak to you. Alternatively you can follow this link to read all about it.
Our priority for children is to give then opportunities for debate in a safe environment and to build their tolerance and resilience skills for future decisions in life to keep themselves safe.
Please have look at the ‘ Education against Hate website’, which has lots of useful resources and discussions.
Keeping safe online
The internet has become a part of our everyday lives. We use it daily as a tool to improve teaching and learning, to access information from around the world, to talk to friends and to help with our work. It is an immense environment offering a wealth of resources that benefit us all.
However, it is essential that we all learn how to behave responsibly online both at home and at school. At Henbury Court Primary Academy we take this matter very seriously, following government advice on best practice. All children across the school are taught Online Safety termly and we also take part in the national Safer Internet Day in February each year. The information and advice provided at this year's parent workshop are available at the bottom of the page.
As part of the Online safety week, every class created a class charter with key messages for the children to remember when going online.
Remember to follow the SMART rules to stay safe.
Always keep your personal information private and be careful what you accept or share online. If anything goes wrong or makes you feel uncomfortable, then make sure that you tell a trusted adult.
One way of keeping safe is by using Google Safe Search when looking for information at school and at home.
Every year we have an anti-bullying week which focuses on the topic in assemblies, lessons, classroom discussions and creative activities. We have had drama companies in to act out scenarios which encourage the children to consider how bullying makes people feel and give them clear strategies for what to do if they experience bullying.
The school council decided to perform Acts of Kindness during Anti-Bullying Week and give out hand made cards to local residents and the Lunchtime Assistants. This demonstrated how a small act of kindness can really brighten up someone else's day.