Our Commitment to Safeguarding

Hugh Joicey C of E First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy available to view on this website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Christopher Roberts (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Anna Carr (EYFS Leader). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Adele Pearson- Atkinson. 

Our Safeguarding Committee of Governors meets annually, or sooner if required, to ensure Safeguarding procedures in our school are secure, vigilant and up to date.

The Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board can be viewed via this link

Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

GDPR As part of our duty to work in line with GDPR, all parents must complete a permission form to state whether they agree or disagree for their children's photos and information to be used.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows.

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. 

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, on  Seesaw,  in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our whiteboards around the school. This is done with the permission of parents and carers.