Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of any of our pupils please contact one of our Designated safeguarding leads Mrs Naomi Shrimpton, Mr Ben Paulley, Miss Carla Pilgrim, Mr Steve Pill, Mrs Jill Turner
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies can be found here:
Trust > Policies, Accounts & Formal Documents > Policies
If you have any concerns about any of the children please do not hesitate to talk to one of our Safeguarding Leads. Out of school hours you can phone 01202 657279.
Mrs Naomi Shrimpton
Mr Ben Paulley
Miss Carla Pilgrim
Mr Steve Pill
Mrs Jill Turner
PREVENT Lead- concerns about radicalisation - Mrs Shrimpton
Anti-bullying Champion - Mr Paulley
E-Safety Champion - Mrs Turner
If you have any concerns over these issues please do not hesitate to see the appropriate person to talk over your worries so that we can keep our children safe.
The children's safety both at home and at school is a priority. We are automatically notified by the police if they attend any incidents where there is an element of domestic violence in a household in which children who attend our school are known to live. If we receive information about domestic violence that could affect any of our children we will always share it appropriately to help protect our children.
If you think that a child is being affected by domestic violence please contact Children's Social Care or one of the DSLs. Information may be shared anonymously.
Heathlands Primary Academy is part of the Ocean Learning Trust. The Trust has an overarching Child Protection Policy which incorporates the Safeguarding Policy and PREVENT Guidance. It can be found on the Ocean Learning Trust website or from the link below.
The health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers working in Heathlands to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All our staff receive safeguarding awareness and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The Trust follows procedures laid down by the Bournemouth and Poole Area Safeguarding Team and the Trust Child Protection Policy uses the Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board's policy template. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare. The safeguarding policy can be viewed on each school’s website.
This is the government's Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidance:
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).
If you privately foster a child or know of someone else who does it is a legal requirement to inform the local council.