Our Safeguarding Commitment
Our Safeguarding Committment
Here at Horizon Primary Academy we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for not only for our pupils but also our staff, visitors and families. All staff have read and committed to part 1 of the DFE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSiE 2023) and recognise and understand that safeguarding children is the responsibility of all. At Horizon Primary Academy we aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children through early intervention, vigilant and rigorous safeguarding procedures and through effective and efficient record keeping.
What is safeguarding?
Members of staff, parents/carers and visitors who come on to our school premises have a duty of care towards the welfare and safety of the children who attend our school. This is called Safeguarding.
Every child can potentially be hurt, put at risk from harm or abused regardless of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.
Safeguarding means that:
- Children are protected from mistreatment
- A child’s health or development is protected
- Children grow up with safe and effective care
- Action is taken to ensure the best outcomes for all children
Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children in our care and to protect them from harm.
This is very important to Horizon Primary Academy!
Keeping children safe is the responsibility of the whole school community, this means even those visiting the school have a responsibility to report instances of actual or suspected abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
The Designated Safeguarding Leads in this setting are: Mrs Emma Wright (Deputy Headteacher), Mr David Moss (Headteacher), Mrs Laura Glassock (SENCo) and Miss Phoebe Broster (Pastoral Leader)
The DSLs take lead responsibility for safeguarding and children protection (this includes online safety) and are available to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters. DSL’s take part in strategy discussions, interagency meetings, Core Groups and Child Protection Conferences and contribute to the assessment of children by providing reports, making referrals and attending meetings.
Information from parents about possible child abuse cannot be kept confidential. Information and records about children will be given only to those people who need it to keep a child safe and will be kept strictly confidential by them.
The school adheres to a strict whistle blowing policy which applies to all staff members, Governors and volunteers in school. It outlines who and where report concerns about staff conduct relating to the safeguarding of children to.