At Eastnor, we believe that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. All staff receive annual safeguarding training, as well as regular updates throughout the year. Any new staff receive safeguarding training , as part of their induction to school.
We are totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. If you have any worries in relation to the welfare or safety of any children or young people, please contact the following members of staff.
Mrs Sarah Tart- Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Nicola Driscoll -Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Nina Shield (Local Academy Board)
All children in school know they have trusted adults who will listen to them. They also know that Mrs Tart is always available should they want to share any concerns they have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.
Even if we make the decision to speak to Social Care about your child, we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that doing so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Pastoral, Family Support and Early Help
From time to time families may need extra support too which we will be happy to provide.
Providing early help to our children and families at Eastnor means we are more effective in promoting support as soon as we can. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life, beginning with the Foundation Stage.
We endeavour to create a school ethos that promotes trust between all adults and children, so that all children know they are able to talk to someone if they have any concerns or worries.
At Eastnor we are here to work closely with you and other professionals, to ensure you have the required level of support needed. Please see below for the early help support we are able to offer all of our children and families in order to ensure they get the right help at the right time, before issues get worse:
What to do if you are worried
If you have any concerns that a child might be at risk of harm or being harmed contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01432 260800 (01905 768020 out of hours). If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the Police service as a 999 emergency.
Concerns for an adult/s 01432 260715 or if it is out of hours 0330 123 9309. This number will connect you to the Adult Referral Team (ART)
Other Helpful Contact Numbers
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Childline 0800 1111
Follow the link to find out about Online Safety at Eastnor
Brook Traffic Light Tool
Government 'Stop Abuse Together' Campaign
It’s estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn sixteen. That’s equivalent to three in every classroom. Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot the signs and where you can go for support if you’re concerned. Learn more by visiting: stopabusetogether.campaign.gov.uk.
There are things you can do to help keep the children in your life safe from abuse. Learning to spot the signs, having regular conversations with your child and knowing when it’s right to reach out for more support, can help keep them safe. If you feel something’s not right, you can reach out for support by calling the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. No matter what’s happened, there’s always someone who will listen to you and take what you say seriously.
All children have a right to be safe from sexual abuse, and we all have a role to play in keeping them safe. Let’s stop abuse together.