We have a duty to ensure that each child:
- Stays safe
- Is healthy
- Is able to enjoy and achieve
- Is able to achieve economic well-being
- Makes a positive contribution
At Biggin Hill the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. We have very clear policies regarding Child Protection and Safeguarding Children which can be accessed via the links below, additionally all staff have completed level 1 safeguarding training which is renewed every three years.
What to do if you have a concern about a child attending Biggin Hill Primary
During school hours:
- Contact school and speak to any of the Child Protection team on 01482 825377
- Or – contact the Access and Assessment team for Hull on 01482 448879
Out of school hours (including during school holidays):
- If your concern is urgent and there is an immediate risk of harm, then contact the police on 999
If your concern is less urgent but you are worried about the welfare of a child, then contact Children’s Social Care, Access & Assessment Team on 01482 448879 (weekdays 8.30am – 5pm) Immediate Help Team on 01482 300304 (after 5pm and weekends)
- E-mail email@example.com and this will be picked up by a member of our Child Protection team
At Biggin Hill we use CPOMS, an online reporting system, for monitoring Safeguarding, wellbeing and all pastoral issues. In line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy all staff record any concerns to ensure that children, young people and adults are safe and fully supported.
Meet our Child Protection Team
Mr A O'MalleyAssistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr A O'Malley
Miss R HarrawaySafeguarding Officer
Miss R Harraway
Mrs K CutlerGovernor designated for Safeguarding
Mrs K Cutler
Miss T KnightLead Practitioner for Computing, Online Safety and Data Protection and Trust Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss T Knight
Please click on the links to view our Safeguarding Policy and our Child Protection PolicyPrevent Duty Policy
DfE guidance defines bullying as actions that are meant to be hurtful and which happen on a regular and persistent basis. It can take the form of physical contact, physical/verbal threats, physical/verbal intimidation, demeaning comments, spreading of malicious rumours/ gossip, purposely excluding someone or persistent criticism. At Biggin Hill we take bullying extremely seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure our children are safe, happy and free from harm.
Bullying can happen to anyone and there are many different forms of bullying. These are listed below:
- Physical (a physical act that hurts someone e.g. hitting, kicking, pushing)
- Verbal (when words or phrases are used to intentionally hurt or upset someone)
- Social/relational (actions intended to harm a victim's reputation or relationships)
- Cyber/online (bullying that happens on any electronic device)
- Sexual (online or in-person bullying that involves sexual comments or actions)
- Prejudicial (target's a person’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation and is often a result of the belief that some people deserve to be treated with less respect than others.)
It is important to understand that bullying is not an odd occasion falling out with friends, name calling, arguments or when the occasional ‘joke’ is played on someone. Children do sometimes fall out or say things because they are upset. When occasional problems like this arise it is not necessarily classed as bullying unless it is done repeated several times on purpose (STOP).
Is my child being bullied?
Sometimes children do not want to share that they are being bullied due to a range of different reasons. It is important to watch for a pattern or change in your child’s behaviour. This could be a sign that bullying is taking place:
- Wanting more/less attention
- Not wanting to go to school
- Frequent minor illnesses
- Becoming withdrawn/unusually tearful or aggressive
- Coming home with bruises or torn clothing
- Possessions disappearing
- Becoming overly confident or acting in an extreme manner
What do I do if I feel my child is being bullied at school?
- Ask your child for as much detail as possible
- Listen carefully to your child and re-assure them that you want to help
- Contact the school and speak to their class teacher
- Do not approach the child or parents yourself
- Encourage your child to report any further incidents to an adult in school
- Do not advise your child to fight back
There are many websites, charities and organisations that can provide further help and support for parents and/or children. Below are some listed:
- Safeguarding Children – Government Advice
- Prevent Strategy Pamphlet
- Preventing Abuse
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Domestic Abuse and COVID-19 Advice
- Child Protection Professionals - Young People and Technology
- Educate Against Hate
- NSPCC - Radicalisation
- Let's Talk About It - What is prevent?
- Whistleblowing Policy
White Ribbon Campaign
At Biggin we are committed to educating our children at an early age about gender equality. We are supporters of the White Ribbon Campaign.
Here are some photographs from our White Ribbon Day, each class created a hand print montage with their their names on to agree to end violence.
White Ribbon Day