Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Alexandra Hurst
Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Rebecca Austin
Deputy Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Sharon Taylor
Nominated Governor responsible for Child Protection: Aleisha Ebrahimi
For urgent Child Protection/Safeguarding advice:
Hackney Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) - 0208 356 5500/4844
Emergency out of hours duty team - 0208 356 2710/2346
NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline - 0800 028 0285
MASH email address:
The link to the online form for referrals to MASH can be accessed here
Please see the drop down menu for further information regarding referrals to children's social care.
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - 0208 356 4569 or LADO@hackney.gov.uk
Information for Staff
Concerns about a child? (CPOMS)
Please click the following button below to report/record any concerns/disclosures. You will need to use log in details to access the system.
All staff receive the appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection to ensure that they are aware of the school’s procedures for child protection and their responsibilities. Safeguarding training is integral to our staff induction as described above in reference to KCSIE. Staff can also access a variety of online training courses. The courses are run by EduCare, which is an online safeguarding, duty of care, education law and guidance learning service.
Website link for login: www.myeducare.com
You will need to enter your username and password to access the site.
The Hackney Child Wellbeing Framework
The Hackney Child Wellbeing Framework focuses upon child and family need, not thresholds for services. It does, however, attempt to give an indication of what might be an appropriate approach to responding to child and family need by defining three levels:
- Universal - a response by universal services, often working individually
- Universal and Universal Partnership Plus - a response by universal services working together in universal settings and sometimes bringing additional targeted resources into a multi agency partnership plan to both assess and address concerns
- Complex/high risk – a response that requires high level specialist services, often governed by statutory frameworks, to take the lead role.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding children is defined in Working together to safeguard children as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Please click here to access our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
London Fields recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. We teach the SMART Rules for online safety through our computing topic to guide pupils’ management of these associated risks and challenges, and equip them with the knowledge and skills to stay safe online, navigate and manage information and attend to their own wellbeing.
For more information, parental advice and resources about online safety please visit the following websites:
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) - September 2023
Please click here to access the departmental guidance for Keeping Children Safe in Education.
The guidance above affirms that 'All staff should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding, and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction.
This should include the:
• child protection policy (which should amongst other things also include the policy and procedures to deal with child-on-child abuse)
• behaviour policy (which should include measures to prevent bullying, including cyberbullying, prejudice-based and discriminatory bullying)6
• staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct) should amongst other things, include low-level concerns, allegations against staff and whistleblowing
• safeguarding response to children who are absent from education, particularly on repeat occasions and/or prolonged periods and
• role of the designated safeguarding lead (including the identity of the designated safeguarding lead and any deputies).' See annex C/page 163.
It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance and provide consent that they have done so (a register exists to determine this). Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
The Prevent Duty
Schools' Prevent duties to safeguard children from extremism were placed on a statutory footing by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA 2015), which was accompanied by guidance from the Home Office and Department for Education.
It is important to remember that issues in regard to radicalisation and extremism are safeguarding issues, and the same level of risk assessment and proportionate response are required.
Please click here to access the guidance about the Prevent Duty.
The Prevent duty guidance was updated in September 2023 to reflect recommendations of the Independent Review of Prevent. The guidance comes into effect on 31st December 2023. You can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information or our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
At a local level, we have refined the referral route for schools to clarify the contacts for additional support:
Contact the PREVENT team on 0208 356 8104 or email@example.com
Mandatory reporting of FGM
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM.
Please click here to access the guidance about FGM.
Children Missing Education (To be read alongside the Attendance/Punctuality Policy)
From September 2016, amendments to regulations require the following actions from all schools:
- All schools – are required to inform the LA when they are about to remove a pupil’s name from the admissions register.
- Schools also have to inform the LA within 5 days of registering new pupils
- For a pupil who has not returned after 10 days, the amended regulations require the school and LA to make those enquiries collaboratively, not separately. Schools should ensure that they consult with HLT before any decisions are made to de-register a child without a clear destination having been established and agreed. The Pupils Registration Regulations make reference to ‘jointly making reasonable enquiries’.
HLT has written guidance for schools which clarifies expectations, provides guidance on what constitutes ‘joint reasonable enquiries’, and gives further guidance on software updates.
Please click here for the statutory guidance about Children Missing Education.
Schools are advised to:
- Record the Future Address and address Start Date for the pupil/student or contact;
- Record the destination school in the Destination Institution field in the School History panel of the - pupil/student record;
- Record the start date in the Destination Expected Start Date field in the School History panel of the - pupil/student record; and
- Use the Communication Log or Linked Documents to store any evidence.
Use of reasonable force in schools
The following guidance from the DfE provides clarification on the use of force:
- to help school staff feel more confident about using reasonable force when they feel it is necessary
- to make clear the responsibilities of school leaders and governing bodies in respect of this power
Please click here for the departmental advice for Use of reasonable force.
Further policies and procedures
Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/headteacher
Please click here to access the policy.
Our above school policy outlines the procedures in place to manage any safeguarding concern or allegation about staff members.
The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DfE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible.
After school procedure for uncollected children/children missing
Please click here to access the procedure for uncollected children/children missing/absent at the end of the day.
City of London Safer Schools App
Please click here to access the free App.
The App "includes key advice about essential advice about making your home and devices safer. It provides information about social media and how to block, mute and report anything that either you (or your child) may find worrying – from images to comments from online bullies. The App will also help you create healthy media habits, limit screen time, learn about scams and keep your personal data safe. It will complement the information your child’s school will have made available via their communications with you and your child."