Safeguarding is the absolute priority at Hadley Learning Community and is embedded into all aspects of our school. We are committed to keeping children safe both inside and outside of school and have staff (Designated Safeguarding Leads) who are trained to deal with issues relating to safeguarding and child protection. Our students and staff know who these people are as the information is highly visible around our building. In addition, all of our staff receive regular safeguarding training.
We take seriously our duty of care to all staff, pupils and families. The aim of our child protection and safeguarding policy is to promote welfare and make all within our school feel safe. We understand our community and its needs and shape our procedures to ensure that we can protect and care for our students and families. We respond to patterns in experience and data using our robust recording and tracking systems to inform actions, developments and whole school decisions.
We are committed to inter-agency working to keep children safe. Our ethos holds centrally the understanding that we must provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all.
Hadley Learning Community will have regard for the statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. This policy has been developed in line with legal obligations, including, where applicable, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Hadley Learning Community will adhere to the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 (KCSIE). We will follow the DfE of What to do if you are Worried a Child is Being Abused - Advice for Practitioners. We recognise the NSPCC website also provides use additional information on abuse and neglect and what to look out for.
All child protection matters will be dealt with in line with the arrangements of Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership (TWSP) and West Midlands Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures or, if relevant, the safeguarding partnership area children reside in or is under the care of.
If you have any concerns about the safety of a child at HLC then please contact one of our Designated staff listed below. If it is outside of school hours or during weekends or school holidays, please telephone Family Connect (run by Telford and Wrekin Council) on 01952 385385 to speak to a Safeguarding Advisor.
The government publication Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) also provides information, advice and guidance that may be useful to you.
During forced school closures, students have access to our team of Designated Safeguarding Leads via https://hadleylearningcommunity.org.uk/secondary/safeguarding-keeping-safe/ and can email us at email@example.com. This page also signposts our young people to external support services.
HLC Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Lead DSL/Lead for LAC/CIC
DSL/Welfare Hub Manager
DSL/Student Support Manager
DSL/Student Support Manager
Student Support Manager
Student Support Manager
Community School Nurse
Useful Links for Parents & Carers
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|CLUBS - PARENTS AND CARERS CHECKLIST||When you are choosing a club for a child, yourself or someone you care for, how do you make sure they/you are safe? This guide helps you consider key points when choosing a club or activity.|
|PREVENT||Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent groups and other causes|
|NATIONAL BULLYING HELPLINE||Support for adults.|
|CHILDLINE||ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small.|
|LUCY FAITHFULL FOUNDATION||
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused.
|CHILD EMPLOYMENT MONTH||
As April is ‘Child Employment Month’ we would like to remind all of you about the legislation concerning Child Employment and what you need to know should your child wish to take on part-time work while still at school.
|CHILD EXPLOITATION||Help to spot the signs of potential child expolitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.|