Child Protection & Safeguarding
Old Hall Primary School is fully committed to the safeguarding of children – ensuring the well being of the child is paramount. For pupils to feel that they are able to do their best and achieve their true potential, it is important that they feel safe and supported in our school environment.
Everyone working within our school, whatever their role, is acutely aware that issues to do with the protection of children are of the highest possible importance. Trust underpins everything that we do in school. The parents of our pupils entrust the care of their children to us and together we are all responsible for their well being.
In relation to safeguarding, Old Hall Primary School aims to ‘prevent’, ‘protect’ and ‘support’ all its pupils by addressing child protection in the curriculum, pastoral activities and in the management of the school, and by empowering and enabling staff to be vigilant for vulnerable students through regular, ongoing training and the dissemination of information. We also involve our pupils in regular assemblies with visiting agencies and workshops which will enable them to stay safe online, in school and at home.
To learn more about safeguarding and child protection, please read our school policy below. If you would like a paper copy of this please see ask at the office or your child's class teacher.
Policies, Procedures & Guidance
Old Hall Primary School has policies to support us with safeguarding, child protection, radicalisation, behaviour & anti-bullying, health & safety, first aid, safer recruitment & whistleblowing, which are in accordance with National and local (Bury Local Authority) procedures and which also comply with the DFE’s safeguarding children and safer recruitment statutory guidance.
Help and advice for parents
As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We are here should you need to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe. Here is advice and resources for helping parents to keep their children safe, advice for parents on keeping children safe out of school, at home and online, when using the internet, social networking websites and playing online games, help and advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for your children.
For guidance, further details can be found from:
Parental Controls on Home Devices
This guide will help you set up parental controls to provide your child with a safer online environment. Parental controls can help to protect your child from seeing something that they shouldn’t – although it is important to emphasise that no system is effective all of the time so it is important to engage with your child and talk to them about their online life regularly.
Whilst the risk posed by strangers is rare, it is really important to make children aware of simple tips they can follow to keep themselves safe at all times.
Some helpful tips to teach younger children include:
- We should always be with an adult.
- If playing out, we must have permission and adults must know where we are and who we are with.
- If someone we do not know speaks to us and we are with our grown ups our grown up will always ensure we are safe.
- If we are not with our grown ups and someone we do not know offers us treats, a lift , help or asks us questions it is important that we return to our grown ups straight away and tell them.
- If grown ups are not around then tell a teacher, a police officer or a familiar adult.
We would advise you to talk to your child about who their safe adults are and where there are safe places near you if help is needed. It is also important to think about safety on the internet and use of mobile phone apps and games that have ‘chat’ functions as this can be just as dangerous as a stranger in the street.
This video is designed to highlight a few key points, to be used to help you have that important conversation with your child. It is aimed at children aged 4 - 11 years. For parents, carers, families, teachers, schools and centres for young people to use to raise awareness and generate discussion that helps children keep safe.
This addendum is an update following the reopening of schools: