Hurst Park Primary School
Hurst Road, Molesey, West Molesey KT8 1QS
Hurst Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which we refer to in our prospectus. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. The policy is published on the school website; parents and carers are welcome to read the policy on request in school. Other relevant policies, such as ‘Managing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children‘ can also be found on our policies page.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:
Miss L Thorndycraft (DSL/Headteacher)
Mr L Beresford (Deputy DSL/Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs J Jenkins (Deputy DSL/Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion)
Mrs A Laher (Deputy DSL/Assistant Headteacher: Teaching & Learning)
Mrs J Moss (Deputy DSL/Emotional Literacy Support Assistant/Home-School Link Worker)
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day. You should NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher).
Surrey Safeguarding Children Arrangements (new from September 2019) can be found here.
Updated July 2022
Today, millions of people regularly use the Internet and e-mail to communicate. Their usage is predicted to continue to rise as global communications become part of our daily social and economic life. Already there is a huge wealth of educational resources available on the Internet and this too will continue to grow. At Hurst Park Primary school we believe that the pupils should have the opportunity to use these resources to support their learning.
The Internet provides access to a greater library of resources than could ever be provided in school. However, whereas the resources in school are carefully selected to be consistent with national and school policies, those on the Internet are not. Teachers will therefore always be on hand to help pupils choose appropriate Internet resources.
At Hurst Park, pupils access the Internet through a Service Provider that filters any content that is being viewed. In addition, a member of staff will always be present when the children access the Internet.
Parental permission will be sought for each child before they access the Internet. Pupils will need to understand the school rules concerning their use of the Internet.
The team responsible for ICT will liaise with the LEA, Service Providers and other appropriate bodies to ensure that this policy is implemented. This team will also regularly review the effectiveness of measures to block access to unsuitable materials on the Internet.
Guidance for teachers and pupils on their use of the Internet will be provided. The ICT team will also work towards the development of home pages and resource listings, liaising with other curriculum co-ordinators, the LEA and the school’s Service Provider. This should help to guide pupils towards resources which are appropriate for their age range and ability. Where pupils are given freedom to search the Internet for information they will be given clear learning objectives by their teacher.
No pictures of individual children will be published onto the Internet (i.e. the school website) without parental consent, and these will always be unnamed unless given the express permission of the parent/carer. All school e-mail communication by pupils is moderated by class teachers.
The school recognises that, under certain circumstances, the Internet can give children access to undesirable information and images. We have done all that is possible to ensure children are protected from such information through the use of security filtering software and limiting features. Children are taught to use the facility sensibly and with proper consideration for others. The children will be made aware of the rules for using the Internet and must follow them at all times. In addition to our computing curriculum, we follow a comprehensive e-safety scheme of work designed to educate pupils in the safe use of technology.
Updated March 2022
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