At Heybrook, the well-being and health and safety of all of our children is of paramount importance. As parents, you send your children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a secure and safe environment in which they can flourish and be happy. In order to ensure that this expectation becomes reality, we put a wide range of measures in place.
As a school, we are fully committed the important part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. At Heybrook , this is at the core of all our actions.
The school has 4 members of staff who are part of the safeguarding team who are fully trained (Joe Doyle who is the lead DSL, Toni Moore, Usma Ahmed and Rebekhae Gray) and a designated safeguarding governor (Kate Ford). Our Learning Mentor (Claire Adshead) also work as part of this team.
Our aim is that children should develop self-confidence, gain a balanced view of their society and the world through a curriculum based on their understanding of our core values.
In school, this means:
*promoting the welfare of children by teaching them about keeping safe and healthy, not just in terms diet and exercise but in terms of online safety and safety in the local community. This takes place across the curriculum.
* supporting children to talk to adults when they feel unsafe or worried.
*ensuring children understand our safeguarding procedures and policies.
We work with other organisations to achieve this including NSPCC, Childline, Rochdale Safeguarding team, CEOP and the local Police.
We will always listen to you and work closely with you if we are concerned about your child but, sometimes, we may not be able to discuss our concern. The school has a safeguarding policy which tells you more about this and when we must speak to the police or children’s services.
Amongst the Safeguarding Team, Toni Moore is responsible for online safety and Joe Doyle is Responsible for Looked After and Adopted children and CSE.
Complaints—If you have any complaints about how the school is working with you or your child please feel confident to speak to us. The Head Teacher will always be happy to speak to you to resolve any difficulties. It is better to speak to us as soon as you have a concern so that it does not become a bigger issue. If you do not feel the matter has been resolved, you can raise your concerns with the governing body.
Early Help at Heybrook
At Heybrook we believe that supporting the families within our community is as important as ensuring our pupils are achieving the best they can. As part of this commitment we have two trained members of staff whom can support a family with an Early Help Assessment. Every family goes through challenging times at some point, and it is okay to ask for help. Early help means working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big problems, and help you be the very best family you can be.
It is your choice whether or not to have Early Help and you can stop at any point.
The only time the person you talked to has to share information without your consent is;
• If they think you or a child is at risk of harm
• If they think that the information could help prevent or detect a serious crime
Mrs Ahmed is our early help practitioners at Heybrook. If you feel you require some support with family life, please pop into school and speak to her. We are also able to sign post families to further support for a number of issues including parenting, drug and alcohol support and services that can support with mental health.