Hungerford Primary Academy takes its responsibility of keeping children safe very seriously.
Child Protection Statement
At Hungerford Primary Academy we believe:
• The welfare of our children is paramount.
• Children and young people have the right to protection from neglect and abuse.
• Everyone has a responsibility for the protection of children and for reporting concerns.
• In any conflict between the needs of the child and those of the parents or professionals, the needs of the child must come first.
It may be helpful for Parents to know that we report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse – which includes non-accidental injury, physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and we take the view that when there are grounds for suspicion, it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the school risks upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for the school to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the school acts in what we believe to be the child’s best interests.
The Designated Safeguarding leads in School are:
Mrs Anna Wheaver (Principal)
Mrs Jo Atkinson (Senior Family Support Worker)
The Designated Deputy Safeguarding leads in School are:
Mrs Andrea Bean (Vice Principal)
Mrs Claire Blackburn (Vice Principal)
Please view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for a comprehensive look at how we protect our children at Hungerford.
Our Safer Recruitment Policy outlines the steps we take to screen adults working within the school.
See Our COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection
In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Hungerford Primary Academy is involved in a new initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting our Key Adult (Anna Wheaver).
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. They are a specialist NHS service offering assessment and treatment when children and young people have emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Many children need additional support from time to time on a range interventions to support their mental health. Please check out the website for support and useful links
My Happy Mind Resources
At school, we are proud to use the My Happy Mind toolkit to support our children to create a positive mental wellbeing culture, enabling children to build resilience, self-esteem, and character. The programs leverage the latest research, science, and technology to help children develop lifelong habits and learn to thrive. Please check out a toolkit for Parents to use at home with their children.