Keeping children safe
Children at Hatton School are all equally valued, respected and nurtured. We ensure that all children have the right to protection from all types of harm and abuse.
Beverley Calder, Senior Deputy Headteacher, is the designated member of staff responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding.
Manuela Mansfield, Deputy Headteacher, is a designated member of staff responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding.
Hatton Special School places the highest priority on keeping children safe. All visitors are expected to comply with our policy and procedures for safeguarding. This includes measures to prevent violent extremism and radicalisation and radicalisation, concerns about which are dealt with through the same procedures as other safeguarding concerns.
Named personnel with designated responsibility for Safeguarding:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Governor Safeguarding & Child Protection
Chair of Governors
(Senior Deputy Headteacher)
As many of the pupils here at Hatton have speech, language and communication difficulties it is important that staff, visitors and volunteers remain vigilant to observing any sudden changes in a pupil’s behaviour or presentation. If a member of staff, visitor or volunteer has a concern this should be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately and a written record of concerns should be made.
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused in some way, the member of staff, visitor or volunteer should:
- Listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief
- Accept what is being said
- Allow the child to talk freely – do not put words in the child’s mouth
- Only ask questions when necessary to clarify
- Reassure the child, but not make promises which it might not be possible to keep.
- Not promise confidentiality – it may be necessary to refer to children’s social care
- Emphasise that it was the right thing to tell
- Reassure him/her that what has happened is not her/his fault
- Do not criticise the alleged perpetrator
- Explain what has to be done next and who has to be told
- Make a written record
- Pass information to the designated safeguarding lead without delay
- Consider seeking support for yourself and discuss this with the designated safeguarding lead – dealing with a disclosure can be distressing.
It is important to communicate with our pupils in a way that is appropriate to their age, understanding and preferred method of communication.
Safeguarding against Extremism and Radicalisation
In accordance with the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, we ensure that all our safeguarding procedures prevent any risk of exposure to extremist views and forms of radicalisation. Please be aware of the following considerations when using computers or other digital devices:
Teachers will assess the suitability and effectiveness of resources to ensure that:
- Any messages communicated to pupils are consistent with the ethos of the school and do not marginalise any communities, groups or individuals.
- Any messages (video, pictures and/or text) do not seek to glorify criminal activity or violent extremism or seek to radicalise pupils through extreme or narrow views of faith, religion, culture or their ideologies.
If you have any queries or concerns around these areas or if you would like a paper copy of the school policy, please contact Beverley or Manuela.
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The NSPCC also have a helpline for child protection, telephone number 0808 800 5000
Bullying and Cyberbullying
If you would like to find out about what you can do about bullying and cyberbullying, please see the two links below:
Safer Internet Browsing
If you would like to find out about what you can do about a safer way for children to search on the Internet, please see the link below:
Being smart !
Being safe !
The Internet is full of useful information and can be fun and exciting.
However it is very important to be able to know what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
To help you to find out how to be able to be safe and smart whilst using the Internet, click on the links below:
All of these sites provide advice for both children and adults, as well as advice to parents and carers on how to help the children with safe and positive use of the Internet.
Symbols based SMART rules
Childnet has teamed up with Widgit Software to produce a whole set of Widgit symbol materials for use with users who use these communication tools.
The Widgit Symbols have been developed over the last twenty-five years and are used worldwide. Each symbol is hand-drawn, clear and concise and illustrates a single concept without adding unnecessary information. The symbols follow a schematic structure, facilitating independent vocabulary development.
The Widgit Symbols database is an extensive library of over nine thousand images in both black and white and colour, covering a vocabulary of more than forty thousand words.
The symbols are useful for users many different abilities and types of reader, whether it is because of a literacy impairment or because English is an additional language (EAL). Readers who have very little or no text recognition can use fully symbolised text, whereas readers with some text recognition can have key words or new vocabulary symbolised. Symbol-support helps to give the reader the support they require, and develop their vocabulary and confidence when reading.
You can download the SMART RULES in Symbol form below...
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