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Herrick Primary School
Child Protection and Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A Aydin: Assistant Headteacher / SENCo

What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:
  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child. (NSPCC)

Our Safeguarding Team
All staff are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children. Our safeguarding team comprises:

Mrs A Aydin - Assistant Headteacher/SENCo - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr U Patel - Headteacher - Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss S Kaur - Assistant Headteacher - Deputy Safeguarding Lead

You can contact any of our Safeguarding Team on 0116 2665656

Alternatively, if the child is in immediate danger or is not a pupil at the school please contact Leicester City Children's Services on 0116 4541004 or the police.

Out of School Hours Safeguarding
Please be aware that during the school holidays and times when the school is closed, you are still able to inform us of any child protection concerns you may have. Emails can be sent to:
This email address will be checked regularly and we will respond as swiftly as soon as we are able.

However this is not an emergency contact. If you have an immediate concern and feel that a child is at risk of significant harm or danger please contact the police. You can also contact Leicester City Council Children's Social Care and Early Help who will be able to offer further advice and guidance.

They can be contacted on (0116) 4541004.

School Policies and Key Documents
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and Guidelines
Recruitment Policy
Community Link Officer
Safeguarding: Herrick flyer
Safeguarding Hub
Visitors to our site
Prevent & Anti-Terrorism Policy
Prevent Self Assessment
Prevent Strategy Parent Pamphlet

Information & support for Parents/Carers
Government Guidance:
Safeguarding children
Working together to safeguard children
NSPCC A variety of information, advice and resources to help keep your children safe - includes online gaming, staying safe and how to have difficult conversations

Please visit the websites below for the latest e-safety information:
Think you know?
esafety information for children and parents

Think you know? - PARENTS
Information for Parents - including reporting concerns

Know it All - For parents
Useful e-safety guides, leaflets and video clips to support you to keep your children safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre
Tips, advice, guides and resources to keep your children safe online

A childnet International website - e-safety guidance for parents and carers

See Me - Hear Me
Information for parents about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.

The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose - Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP).

All our staff have received WRAP training sessions from Leicester City Council in conjunction with Leicestershire Police on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school. Senior Leaders at the school have also attended the Complete Prevent Workshop for Designated Safeguarding Leads in School. This training was delivered by Leicester Safeguarding & Children's Board.

At Herrick Primary, we build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.

The Prevent Strategy - Support for Parents
There are an estimated 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales (Figures taken from NSPCC). Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in all schools, including primary school.

FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure - Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood.

Staff at Herrick Primary School have completed FGM training as part of our safeguarding procedures.

Information for children can be found by clicking on the icon below:
Information for children

The mandatory reporting duty for FGM under the Serious Crime Act 2015, requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18 year olds to the police. Guidelines on Mandatory reporting can be found on the link below:
FGM Government Guidance
Further Government guidance

Further advice for parents and professionals can be found by clicking on each icon below to access information and support websites.
National FGM Centre
How we can work together to end new cases of FGM

Advice and counselling for anyone affected by FGM can be found on the link below:

If you are concerned that a child is at risk of, or has had FGM, you can call the FGM helpline. It is free, anonymous and they are available 24hours. Call them on 0800 028 3550, or email them at:

Pupil Wellbeing
At Herrick Primary we operate a Breakfast Club for all our children (Reception to Year 6).

Our Breakfast club opens at 8.00am and runs until the beginning of the school day. Children come to enjoy a healthy breakfast meal together and then spend time playing or reading together.

At 8.35am each morning our staff escort the Reception children to their classroom and the KS1 and KS2 children join the other children in the playground.

Safeguarding Links
Please take a look at these useful websites where you can find information and useful links to safeguarding all children across Leicester and the UK.
Safeguarding Tips
Being Safe! Safety at Home
Even though the cars have headlights they might not sees you. Check our top tips to help you brighten up.
1. Dress brightly
When you go out in a dark day or nearly night, wear colourful or fluorescent clothing so the cars can see you coming.

2. Wear reflective gear
Make sure you wear reflective gear or accessories so the cars can see you in their headlights.

3. Customise your backpack
Another way to be seen is by customising your backpack with cool reflective zip clips and stickers.

Above information is taken from tales of the road please visit the website for interactive games and watch road safety videos.

Being Safe! Safety at Home
When someone asks for your help, think about how you would feel if you were asking someone else for help.

If someone says that you've hurt them, imagine what it would be like to be hurt by someone like you. How do you feel when you're in pain? They're probably feeling those same things. If someone's crying, remember what it's like to cry and understand that that is probably how they feel at that moment.

It's good to think of other peoples' feelings and thoughts and to help each another. Always be kind, helpful and support your family and friends.

Being Safe! Safety at Home
The number of children cycling to school alone has rapidly decreasing, largely because of worrying about traffic danger. If they are taught about road safety there’s no reason why children can’t enjoy the freedom to cycle.

We work closely with Sustrans to support our children with their cycling skills. We have started cycle training sessions for year 5 & Year 6 and in the spring term we will be working with year 3 & 4. Please visit the Sustrans website for how to teach to your child.

Being Safe! Safety at Home
Bonfire Night - we want you, your family and friends to have fun and to have a safe night. Here is a simple guidance and advice for you to view.

Fireman Sam has ten short videos containing safety tips for you to watch in the run up to Bonfire Night. Follow the link: Fireman Sam

Being Safe! Safety at Home
It's important that your children know how to keep themselves safe at home. Please encourage your child to use the Belfast City Family Learning Link on our website for safety in the home games.

These games are to test how good you are at spotting hazards in all the rooms of your house.

Being Safe! Safety at Home
Are you a switched on mum or a digital dad??

Take the parent test on our Celebrating Children: Staying Safe web page.

Think you know! 

Being Safe! Safety at Home
The most effective way to understand your child’s online behaviour is to simply through asking the following:
  • What websites and mobile apps they like using and why.
  • Who they speak to most frequently and the things they talk about and share.
  • How they make friends on line
  • If there is anyone they speak to online that they have never met in person.

Herrick Primary School

Herrick Primary School                             Lockerbie Avenue                             Leicester                             LE4 7NJ
Telephone: 0116 2665656                             Email:                             Headteacher: Mr U Patel