Safeguarding and Child Protection
At Huncoat Primary School we believe that everyone who comes into contact with children & their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children.
The School's Designated Safeguarding Lead is - Mrs R Dickinson - Head Teacher and our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are - Mrs MacMahon- Deputy Head Teacher and Mrs Alldritt - Pastoral Support
School has a pastoral phone - please request the number from the office. You can use this phone if you have any concerns, need support or help - you can contact us at any time
All staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. All staff have a responsibility to identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm. All staff then have a responsibility to take appropriate action, working with other services as needed, this will include contacting relevant services if need be: Early Help Assessment Team/ Child Social care.
Staff and volunteers must feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and potential failures in the school’s safeguarding regime. Huncoat Primary School’s whistleblowing procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure such concerns are raised with the management team.
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Key Phone Numbers/emails:
Emergency Duty Team: 0300 123 6722
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful events occurring in childhood including:
- domestic violence
- parental abandonment through separation or divorce
- a parent with a mental health condition
- being the victim of abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional)
- being the victim of neglect (physical and emotional)
- a member of the household being in prison
- growing up in a household in which there are adults experiencing alcohol and drug use problems.
Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs and Health:
An ACE survey with adults in Wales found that compared to people with no ACEs, those with 4 or more ACEs are more likely to:
- have been in prison
- develop heart disease
- frequently visit the GP
- develop type 2 diabetes
- have committed violence in the last 12 months
- have health-harming behaviours (high-risk drinking, smoking, drug use).
When children are exposed to adverse and stressful experiences, it can have a long-lasting impact on their ability to think, interact with others and on their learning.
ACEs should not be seen as someone’s destiny. There is much that can be done to offer hope and build resilience in children, young people and adults who have experienced adversity in early life.
Please look at the video, links and documents below to see how you can find out more and support someone with ACEs.