Hartley Primary Academy fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 (Section 157 for Independent Schools and Academies) of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In addition Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory responsibility to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is known as the Prevent Duty.

Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to the child’s relevant Social Care.

We have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who is specifically trained and nominated within school. Working alongside the DSL is the ‘Safeguarding Team’ (Click here to see the names of the Safeguarding Team).

We follow the Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB), our Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), procedures and policies to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise.

By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.

Please take the time to read our range of Safeguarding policies which include policies on:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Medical Conditions at School
  • Disability and Accessibility
  • Attendance
  • Combating Extremism in Education
  • Complaints Policy
  • e-Safety
  • Managing Allegations Against Staff
  • Female Genital Mutilation

and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions about this very serious issue.

Please click on the links below for further information on ‘Extremism and Radicalisation’ and ‘Female Genital Mutilation’.

Please also find guidance about collecting children from school and the safeguarding of children walking to and from school.  Our Year 6 children can walk home on their own providing we have a letter form their parents authorising them to do so.  We have produced a policy document which includes a consent form and also offers some useful advice for parents as to how to assess whether their child is ready to walk to and from school independently.