Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

At Holmbush Primary Academy we are fully committed to safeguarding.

Please find our Safeguarding Statement detailed below.

In all of the work that we do, we believe that the rights, safety and welfare of the children with whom we are involved are paramount. This may mean that we sometimes have to take actions which parents or carers could find threatening. In such cases we will always work to achieve mutual understanding. We will explain our professional and statutory responsibilities and try to give every assurance as to the reasons for our actions. However we must stress that for us, the child's needs must come first.

At Holmbush Primary Academy we are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our children and enabling them to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a socially and economically positive contribution to society
  • We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at the academy. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as 'Designated Child Protection Officers' in school in compliance with the 'sharing of information' guidance
Cause for Concern

All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Child Protection Officers using our secure online reporting system cpoms. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children 'disclosing' concerns.

Support for Families

The Academy will always try to access a range of support from a range of agencies other than the academy for families where there is a concern. This is a supportive measure. It may be that joint meetings are considered when the support of a number of agencies, which may or may not include the academy, is required to better safeguard the interests of a child.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation is a practice carried out in some cultures. It is illegal in this country. The academy has a duty of care to all the children to ensure that this practice does not occur. If we are concerned that an absence may be used for this practice we will ask for a meeting with parents/carers and, if necessary, we will refer to Social Care as this is a serious child protection issue.

Prevent

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, religious extremists and other causes. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. To understand more about Prevent please see our section on British Values where there are useful leaflets for parents.

Safeguarding Officers Poster - Rebecca Jackson, Nicola Pilbrow and Susan Stickley
Sue Large is the Governor responsible for Child Protection

For more information please read our policies.

Educate Against Hate Website

Sussex Police

For more information
You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at:

Also take a look at our Social Media Guidance Policy

To make a report
Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online? Contact CEOP:
If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation:

The Prevent Strategy