Headlands Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. The school requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
- We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.
- We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
- We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:-
| Karen Smith
Deputy Head Teacher
| Sharon Ritchie
Family Support Worker
| Adam Eakins
For more information please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
Headlands Primary School work in partnership with Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board. For up-to-date news and guidance please follow the links below:-
NSCB Neglect Strategy 2015 – 2017
The neglect of children and young people is one of the most difficult areas within the child care and protection field to identify, assess and intervene in. The impact of neglect on children and young people can be enormous. Neglect causes great distress to children, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes as well as being potentially fatal. Lives are destroyed, children’s abilities to make secure attachments are affected and their ability to attend and achieve at school is reduced. Their emotional health and wellbeing is often compromised and this impacts on their success in adulthood and their ability to parent in the future.
The Northamptonshire Neglect Strategy has been developed to ensure our workforce (including services that work with vulnerable adults) is able to recognise neglect and provide an effective response which will improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. Integral in the strategy is the identification and engagement of families at the earliest opportunity by preventative services, including effective assessment and development of a clear action plan
Parent Info and Ceop
The government has recently launched a brand new website to support parents. The website has being developed with ParentZone and CEOP, the police command responsible for child exploitation and online protection. Parent Info is a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line. For example, the site currently includes information about staying safe on minecraft, mental health, and building online resilience.
You can find further information here: https://parentzone.org.uk/parent-info
Other useful information
What is Radicalisation?
Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. During the process of radicalisation it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised.
Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a ‘channel’ for schools to make referrals if they have a concern.
Prevent guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and challenge extremist ideas.
Schools must ensure that children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet at school.
What is MASH?
To learn about Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Click the link below:
For useful information on how to support children in difficult or traumatic circumstances please click here