'If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.'
Designated Safeguarding Lead : Emily McMillen (Headteacher)
Alternate Safeguarding Leads: Bex Starman (Deputy Headteacher), Jen Robbins (School Excellence Leader), Leonie Pagett (SENDCo) and Marie Compton (Class teacher)
Safeguarding Governor: Sue Flood
At Heartwood we have a strong culture of safeguarding in our school.
This means that we have effective arrangements to:
Family Support Worker
Lesley Gurney is new to the Heartwood Team and is available to support families with:
If you feel you would like support, please talk to Mrs Beckett or Mrs McMillen and they can arrange this for you.
Safeguarding of children, staff and volunteers, students and parents is a priority. If you see anything that causes you concern regarding child protection, the well being or safety of a child or adult you MUST inform a member of the safeguarding team (above)
Here are some useful Safeguarding websites:
Breck Foundation – information about keeping safe when online gaming
NSPCC – offers support and advice if you have concerns about a child
0808 800 5000
Talk PANTS – information for parents on teaching children how to keep safe.
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board
Norfolk Early Help
Domestic abuse goes beyond violent behaviour and physical abuse. It also includes any type of sexual, psychological and financial abuse and is about a range of coercive and controlling behaviours. It also includes ‘honour based violence’, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriages. Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship – regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or social class or income.
If you are being forced to change your behaviour because you are scared of your partner or your family member's reaction, it's likely that you are being abused.
If you need any support or advice please contact the school or follow the links below:
At Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School we are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.
In order to achieve this, Norfolk Children’s Advice and Duty Service will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s). On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this could be silent or overt. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse – Notifications to Schools’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.