At Hazlemere Church of England Combined School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as a pupil in this school. We promote the fact that Safeguarding our pupils is everybody’s responsibility.
We want to work in partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability including Criminal Records Bureau checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection (Mrs Bhabra) who has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent’s consent. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. A copy of the school’s Child Protection Policy can be found on the website under Policies. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Mrs Bhabra or your child’s class teacher.
Mrs Bhabra, the Headteacher is the named individual in charge of Child Protection, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment and Looked After Children.
Mrs Opiola is the deputy in charge of Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked After Children.
Mrs Asare Archer is the deputy in charge of Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked After Children.
Mrs Griffiths is the deputy in charge of Child Protection, Safeguarding
Mrs McDonald, our SENDco is also the deputy in charge of Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked after Children and Safer Recruitment.
Mrs Krok Paszkowska, Safeguarding Governor
Our designated staff are always available to provide support and can be contacted through the school’s office.
For more information and support please follow the links to Bucks Safeguarding Children Board or Bucks Family Information Service:
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. There are many opportunities throughout our Learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.
Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations and rules for living and learning at Hazlemere CofE School. This good start to the year, with everyone clear about their roles and responsibilities, sets the tone for the rest of the year and leads to excellent safeguarding outcomes.
Hazlemere Church of England Combined School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share and demonstrate this commitment in every aspect of their work. We have created a culture of safe recruitment and adopted recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk of harm to children.
Alongside the Headteacher, the Governing Body will act reasonably in making decisions about the suitability of the prospective employee based on checks and evidence including: criminal background (via the Disclosure and Barring Service), barred list, prohibition status (in the case of teachers), Disqualification Declaration (where required) and other necessary checks together with references and interview information.