Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms. L. Edwards (Assistant Head Teacher - Teaching and Learning)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

  • Mrs. P. Gough (Head Teacher)
  • Mr. M Dockrell (Deputy Head Teacher)
  • Mrs. R Bayliss  (Special Education Needs & Disability Co-ordinator- SENDCo)
  • Mrs. S Sooknanan (Family Support Worker)
  • Ms. L Watts (Deputy SENDCo)
  • Miss. F. Milton (Administrative Support to SLT/SEND)

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 recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.  Our ethos supports pupils in feeling safe, secure and respected, and they are actively encouraged and supported to speak openly about all matters.  All staff actively listen and are trained in providing non-judgemental and restorative approaches.

Safeguarding Principles

  • Safeguarding and the promotion of a safe and secure environment is everyone's responsibility. 
  • All pupils irrespective of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • Adherence to the school's code of conduct and safeguarding policies and procedures is non-negotiable.
  • All concerns are reported and recorded.  The mantra "if in doubt, fill it out", ensures all staff feel confident in reporting all matters of concern. 

 

Prevent Strategy 

From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.  We apply the same rigour and diligence in protecting our pupils from extremist and violent views as we do from other dangers.

The Single Point of Contact for Holy Trinity is Mrs. P. Gough (Head Teacher).  

Please contact her through the school's office, should you have any concerns both in and outside of school in relation to extremist activity

 

Prevent in Practice

Our broad and rich curriculum naturally supports pupils in being positive and happy members of society and thus supports the Prevent Strategy.

Some of our daily curriculum practices include:

  • Exploring and appreciating other cultures and religions 
  • Challenging prejudices and racist behaviours and attitudes
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive sense of self
  • Promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning of pupils
  • Restricting access to extremist and violent sites by active Internet filtering.
  • Meticulously vetting all visitors. 

FAQs

How does Prevent relate 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 contact the school.

Parent Pamphlet

Prevent duty guidance
www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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

 

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass -

Holy Trinity Primary School works in partnership with 'Operation Encompass'.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.

 

What is harmful sexual behaviour?

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour displayed by children and young people which is harmful or abusive. Peer-on-peer abuse is a form of HSB where sexual abuse takes place between children of a similar age or stage of development.

Problematic sexual behaviour (PSB) is developmentally inappropriate or socially unexpected sexualised behaviour which doesn’t have an overt element of victimisation or abuse.

Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/report/talking-to-your-child-about-online-sexual-harassment-a-guide-forparents/utm_source=16%20December%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

NSPCC: Sexual development and behaviour in children

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-health-development/sexual-behaviour

 

Useful Links

NSPCC

CHILDLINE

Get in Touch

Holy Trinity C. of E. Primary School
Trinity Road, Gravesend, Kent,
DA12 1LU

01474 534746