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Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Learning and caring together, building a firm foundation for the future

Safeguarding

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are: 

Mrs D. Gibbs-Naguar (Head Teacher)
Mrs F. Akinde (Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion)

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Jenny Foreman (Family Liaison Officer)
Mr M. Dockrell (Deputy Head Teacher)

If you have any concerns please ring the school office and a Designated Safeguarding Lead will be happy to speak to you.

'Holy Trinity is committed to recruiting with care and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.'

Holy Trinity CE Primary School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Holy Trinity recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

Holy Trinity recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Our school core safeguarding principles are:

  • It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern.
  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
  • All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies.

All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance.

Prevent

The SPOC for Holy Trinity is Mrs F Akinde - please contact her through the School Office, if you have any concerns both in and outside of school in relation to extremist activity.

The Prevent strategy is Government published guidance for authorities, including schools, on their responsibilities under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2015. Under the Act, schools and other authorities have a duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

It:

  • Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

Please click here for a link to the official government document.

Please click here for Holy Trinity's policy on Preventing Extremism

Prevent Strategy in Schools

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

Prevent in Practice

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community. 

FAQs

How does Prevent realte to Fundamental British Values

Schools have been required to promote Fundamental British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.

British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Is my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.

The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in Kent?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.

We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

Key Terms

Extremism
Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Ideology
A set of beliefs.

Terrorism
A violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.

Radicalisation
The process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism.

Further Information

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

The Government have compiled a pamphlet for parents, see below.

Parent Pamphlet

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Prevent duty guidance
www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Prevent For Schools
http://www.preventforschools.org/?category_id=38

  • The school’s Christian values of love, honesty and respect are well expressed through its caring atmosphere. This impacts positively on the strong sense of belonging and supporting relationships evident across the school.

    SIAMs 2016

  • Pupils are interested in learning and attend school regularly. They feel safe and behave responsibly

    Ofsted 2016

  • Teaching contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

    Ofsted 2016

  • Well established phonics teaching ensures pupils have a good grounding in the basic skills needed to write successfully.

    Ofsted 2016

  • Relationships are strong and pupils’ good behaviour is reflected in a happy and caring atmosphere, with attendance that is well above the national average.

    SIAMs 2016

  • Teachers and teaching assistants provide effective support for pupils who speak English as an additional language.

    Ofsted 2016