The children in our school are our main priority and we do everything within our power to make sure that they are safe and happy, both in school and outside.
Our school promotes an ethos where our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
We recognise that children who experience or witness difficult things in their lives may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth or view the world in a positive way. For such children school may be one of the few stable, secure and predictable components in their life. Other children may be vulnerable because they have a disability or they are in care. We seek to provide all our children with the necessary support to keep them safe and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We want children at our school to feel able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor if they are worried or concerned about something.
Whatever their background and culture, age, disability, gender, racial origin or religious belief we believe that children have the right to participate in a society and environment which is safe and free from violence, fear, abuse, bullying and discrimination. They have the right to be protected from harm, exploitation and abuse, and to be provided with safe environments in which to live and play.
We seek to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism from any background. We develop children's knowledge of the wider community through our work on community cohesion and with the School's Linking Network.
Hillborough Junior School will endeavour to provide activities and opportunities in the PHSE, RE and Citizenship curriculum that will equip our children with the skills they need to stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.
At all times we will work to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies such as Health or Social Care (Children and Families within the Children and Learning Department).
At Hillborough Junior School, we are working in partnership with Luton Council and Bedfordshire Police to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic abuse in their household; nationally this scheme is called Operation Encompass and locally as Relay. In order to achieve this, Luton Council will share police information with the Nominated Relay SPOC of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been affected. On receipt of any information, the Nominated Relay SPOC 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 ‘LC 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.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can take the form of cyberbullying, physical or verbal bullying, homophobia and racism, as well as others.
We take a very serious approach to bullying and it is not tolerated in any form at our school.
Please look at our Parent's E-Safety page if you would like to know more information about how to keep your children safe on the internet.
Safeguarding Children - Luton Borough Council
Protecting vulnerable children is everyone’s business, and we all need to be alert, to know what to look out for and where to go for advice, as well as having the confidence to report any acts of abuse safe in the knowledge that they will be acted on.