Keep Children Safe
It is very important that parents and carers are able to access high quality information which will enable them to support their children’s well-being and resilience. This section of the website is designed to bring together useful pieces of information about matters which may be affecting your child presently, or are potential issues in the future. With the massive development in technology, our children are facing challenges which many parents may not even be aware of. There may also be issues parents feel uncomfortable talking about. Knowledge and understanding will help us to keep our children safe and give us the confidence to talk about challenging issues.
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Please note, if you have serious concerns about the safety of your child you should contact the police or seek medical advice immediately. The advice on the links published in this section of our website has been collated from that provided by independent experts in their field and is not necessarily the views of Hatton Hill School. Further advice and support is widely available from your GP, school nurse and various professional agencies.
Concerned about a Child?
If a child is in immediate danger, call 999.
What is a Concern?
You may want to report a concern if you:
- Are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child
- Suspect neglect or abuse
- Would like to report an incident
- Are a child or young people who needs support
Concerns about a child should alway be reported. The safety of our children is our number one priority. Our designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) are Mrs James, headteacher, and Mrs Hickey, Learning Mentor. We will always take concerns about children seriously and we work tirelessly with a range of professionals to ensure all children within our school community are safe from harm.
Out of school hours, concerns should be directed to Sefton's Children's Services on 0345 140 0845 or out of hours 0151 934 3555. More information can be found here: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/social-care/children-and-young-people/report-a-child-or-young-person-at-risk
Adults: 0808 800 5000
Children: 0800 11 11
At Hatton Hill, we work as a team to help support the well-being of our whole school community. Mrs Hickey, our Learning Mentor, is a fountain of knowledge and is able to help children and/or families who may be struggling for a variety of reasons. This may be through in-house support or by helping you access other professional agencies. We may also recommend that you seek the advice of your GP.
Our SENDco, Mrs Jones, also works closely with the families of children who have special education needs or disabillities. She ensures that our teachers and teaching assistants maintain a high level of skill. She also liasies with other professionals to ensure that our children access the range of support they may need.
We are supported by the South Sefton Mental Health Support Team (MHST) and our named practioner, Mr Connor, visits our school weekly. Through the MHST, children, school staff and parents can access support, guidance and training around specific issues of mental health and emotional wellbeing. Sefton school MHST's aim is to help every child going to school in Sefton know how to look after their emotional wellbeing. The team aims to do this in a non-stigmatising way, so that emotional wellbeing and mental health can be ‘championed’ and talked about in exactly the same way as physical health. The MHST offers timely, direct, psychological interventions to prevent deterioration of emotional wellbeing aiming to get the right treatment to the right person at the right time, which may include sign posting to a more appropriate local provider, or support referral to specialist CAMH services.
The school's School Nurse visits school regularly providing a drop-in service. Up and coming drop-ins will be announced to children via text message.
Important: if you are seriously concerned about your child's mental well-being and feel they may be at risk of harm, you should attend A&E.
Useful websites: links
Keeping Safe Online
Children have the right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces, and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring to them, appropriate to their age and stage. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.
Hatton Hill uses the UK Council for Internet Safety's 'Education for a Connected World' framework which describes the knowledge, understanding and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, how to get support, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely.
Children and young people’s online activity and behaviour can be different both within and across an age range. This framework has helped us:
- Develop a rich, effective and developmental curriculum, which will support young people to be safe, healthy and thriving online
- Audit and evaluate existing provision of online safety education
- Coordinate delivery of online safety education throughout the curriculum
- Improve engagement across the wider school community on issues related to online safety
- Develop effective training for staff and governors
Please see a summary of the framework below. A full copy can also accessed at the bottom of this page.
Useful websites: links
In conjunction with Merseyside Police, School Name is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children can arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Hatton Hill, our Key Adults are Mrs James (Headteacher) and Mrs Hickey (Learning Mentor).
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most. You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting our Key Adults.