Safeguarding arrangements During School Closure for COVID-19

Schools are working closely with the Local Authority and the Headteacher Associations in order to offer a consistent and safe response to the current crisis. The health and safety of children and young people is everyone’s priority and I wanted to inform you about our ongoing arrangements to keep children safe during this period of school closure.

To ensure we are able to continue to support you and your children, and as part of our safeguarding arrangements, we will be making regular contact with you during the closure period.  This will be by phone, email and / or home visits.  All children have been allocated a ‘lead worker’ and they will be your main point of contact during this time.

The lead worker will be your child’s class teacher:

EYFS: Mrs Kate Barford – k.barford@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Year 1: Miss Katrina Branch – k.branch@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Year 2: Miss Elena Jeremy – e.jeremy@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Year 3: Mrs Georgie Brennan – g.brennan@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Year 4: Mrs Suzie Espie – s.espie@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Year 5: Mrs Nicky Brogan – n.brogan@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Year 6: Mrs Rebecca Carter – DHT@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

We understand how worrying it is for you during this time and we will do everything we can to continue to support our children and families.  It is vital that you support us in arrangements going forward and we will keep you updated as processes are reviewed and adapted to meet need.  Meanwhile, if you need to contact the school, you can do so by contacting:

Kim Hall (Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead)  head@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Rebecca Carter (Deputy Head Teacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead) DHT@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Rachel Hipperson (Administration) admin@henhamugley.essex.sch.uk

Please do get in touch if there is anything we can assist you with.

Safeguarding Statement

Henham and Ugley Primary and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Safeguarding remains the responsibility of all staff and volunteers at our school and we ensure that all relevant adults undergo regular continuous professional development and training and that our safeguarding processes and procedures are robust and rigorous.

These measures are in place to ensure that a culture of safeguarding is firmly embedded throughout our school.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for our school is Mrs Kim Hall (Headteacher)

We have two Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads for our school:

Mrs Bex Carter (Deputy Headteacher)                                                                                                          Mrs Georgie Brennan (Year 3 Teacher)

The nominated lead governor for safeguarding is Mrs Fiona Miller (Co-opted Governor) 

All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies.

Please click on the link below to read our Child Protection Policy:

Child Protection Policy – October 2019

All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance:

Keeping Children Safe In Education_2019

It should be read alongside statutory guidance:

Working Together to Safeguard Children,

and departmental advice:

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners.

Effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between agencies. Where professionals consider that the practice of other professionals is placing children at risk of harm, they must be assertive, act swiftly and ensure that they challenge the relevant professionals in line with the  SET (Southend, Essex & Thurrock) procedures:

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/how-we-keep-children-safe/set-child-protection-procedures

Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent. More information can be found on the government’s website via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

Get advice

NSPCC (for adults)
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Contact the NSPCC if you want to discuss your concerns and get advice.

ChildLine (for children and young people)
Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
The ChildLine number won’t show up on your phone bill if you call from a landline or from most mobile networks.

Gov.uk
Advice and information about reporting child abuse can be found at https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse