If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child please speak to the head teacher or deputy headteacher or complete a form via the NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/

The NSPCC has launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance, including for non-recent abuse. Call our new NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Safeguarding statement

The health and safety of all children is of paramount importance at Huncote Primary School. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. In order to do this, a wide range of measures and policies are put in place. These are reviewed every year and are available:

  • Administration of medicines
  • Anti – bullying
  • Behaviour
  • Child Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • Internet Safety
  • Use of photographs / videos

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Rachel Cumberlidge (Headteacher) and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Sally Houghton (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Carley Down (SENCo). 

Child Protection and Safeguarding

The Safeguarding Policy at Huncote Primary School is based on the county recommended policy and is updated annually and verified by the Full Governing Body. The updates reflect the changes to the county policy.

The key features of the Safeguarding policy are to:

  • Provide children with a safe and secure environment
  • Ensure there are trusted adults children feel they can talk to
  • Ensure staff are aware of referral procedures
  • Access and act on advice from Leicestershire Child Safeguarding Board if there is any uncertainty as to the course of action required

All staff receive Safeguarding training in-house and bi-annually from a representative of the Leicestershire Child Safeguarding Board.

For the full Child protection and Safeguarding policy please click here

Operation Encompass

All Leicester City and Leicestershire County schools are part of Operation Encompass which is a safeguarding initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse. Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools are formally notified of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address at which children are present or normally resident. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and with Leicestershire Police. All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police now share information about all incidents of domestic abuse through Operation Encompass.

To further support the welfare of children, when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the Police during the school term and one of our pupils was in the household, the information is shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead. This system has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a huge impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening. This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to pupils. The information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. For example, with the class teacher. It will not be shared with children.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 0028. If you need to make a silent call to the police, please dial 999 and then 55 which indicates to the officer that you are not safe to talk.