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Safeguarding

This page contains important information relating to safeguarding the interests, health and safety of students and staff at St Hugh's. 

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Safeguarding Matters

Safeguarding the interests, health and safety of every young person in our care is our priority and responsibility. We also take extremely seriously our responsibility to safeguard the interests, health and safety of every person who works at and visits St Hugh's.

At St Hugh's we do not tolerate:

  • verbal, physical or emotional bullying
  • racial, sexual or disability harassment
  • internet abuse
  • physical or emotional abuse or neglect

Safeguarding Reports - Issues & Concerns

To report a safeguarding issue or concern, please complete the confidential report form on this website. The report will be sent for the immediate attention of the Headteacher at St St Hugh's School.

Access the Safeguarding Report Form here

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (updated Autumn 2019) here and the parent friendly version of the same policy (updated Summer 2020) here.

COVID-19 Safeguarding Policy

Read our Safeguarding Policy in relation to the special circumstances caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic here.

Safeguarding & Facebook

To read the letter and guidance from the Headteacher (March 2016) regarding Safeguarding and Facebook, please click here.

Safeguarding Whistle-blowing Policy

Read our Safeguarding Whistle-blowing Policy here.

Safeguarding Responsibilities

The Headteacher has lead responsibility for Safeguarding at St Hugh's. She is supported by Mrs Katrina Pawlyszyn, Assistant Headteacher, on behalf of the governors, students and staff at St Hugh's.

E-Safety

  • Read information for parents from CEOP & Parent Zone relating to e-safety here.
  • Read the St Hugh's  E-Safety Policy here.

We are always willing to advise on the safe use of the Internet and are more than happy to support you.

You can keep your child safe by:

  • Discussing what your child is looking for on the Internet
  • Keeping the computer in a communal area
  • Installing a firewall to keep out viruses
  • Reminding them of the rules

More information can be found at:

The Sharp System

There are many reasons why young people decide not to talk about incidents, whether that is due to not wanting to talk face to face, lack of confidence, scared, peer pressure or scared in case someone sees them talking to or seen in the schools office but to name just a few.

As a result we have created The SHARP System (Student Help Advice Reporting Page System) which allows young people to report any incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously and without fear. Aside from the reporting tool SHARP delivers educational content to raise awareness on a wide range of subjects including: Bullying, Health, Community Issues, Weapons and Hate Crime.

SHARP is a web based tool which is personalised to each school by schools colours and school badge, together with a photograph of a member of staff who is trusted and well known within the school.

The SHARP System promotes inclusion, safeguarding, e-safety and provides additional opportunities for students to report their concerns.

Who else can I turn to if need help?

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.

How can I contact Child Line?

You can contact Child Line in these ways. You can phone Child Line on 0800 1111, send an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us and you can send a message to Ask Sam. You can post a message to the Child Line message boards and you can text Child Line. The website for Child Line is:

www.childline.org.uk

Operation Compass

Operation Encompass ensures there is a simple phone call or notification, to a trained member of school staff, before a child arrives in school. The call or notification is triggered by police recently attending the child’s home or being involved in a domestic abuse incident, that the child has experienced.


Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.


It is our aim to ensure that Operation Encompass is in every Force, in every school, for every child. 

The Operation Encompass website is designed to:

  • Provide training for Key Adults and a register of Key Adults.
  • Provide a register of Police Forces taking part in Operation Encompass.
  • Provide resources so that a school can participate successfully in Operation Encompass.
  • Allow schools and police forces to actively share good practice.

Visit the Operation Compass website.

Privacy notice: how we use your information

Read the school's current privacy notice here.

 

Page updated: 21 May 2020