Harvey Road Primary School

Harvey Road Primary School

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Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Herts, WD3 3BN


01923 773801

Safeguarding and Safety

Safeguarding and Safety

Harvey Road Primary School rigorously protects our pupils by creating a safe environment for them to live and grow.  This is achieved through a robust set of safeguarding practices and by ensuring that all staff and volunteers involved with us do not pose a risk to children and know how to respond to a child in need.

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

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from maltreatment including:
    • abuse (physical, emotional or sexual)
    • neglect (where not providing sufficient support and care may be as damaging as other areas of safeguarding)
    • harassment (physical, emotional or sexual)
    • exploitation (criminal, county lines, radicalisation)
  • 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

Safeguarding children and child protection 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 encompasses the following seven areas:

  1. Child Protection
  2. Reducing risks of allegations being made against a member of staff
  3. Whistle blowing
  4. Online safety
  5. Radicalisation/extremism (through the PREVENT programme)
  6. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  7. County Lines



At Harvey Road School we believe that:

  • All children have the right to be protected from harm
  • Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school
  • All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs, fears and concerns
  • All children must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other
  • All children have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, behavioural and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy, healthy, sociable child will achieve better educationally
  • Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, radicalisation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours

The six principles of safeguarding according to the Social Care Institute for Excellence are:

         1. Empowerment

              People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions about how to support children in need 

         2. Prevention 

              It is better to take pro-active action before harm actually occurs

         3. Proportionality

              The least intrusive response may be the best response so long as it is appropriate to the risk presented

         4. Protection

              Support and representation for those in greatest need

         5. Partnership

              Local solutions through services such as the police, social workers and family support workers all working in partnership                    

              with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse

         6. Accountability

              Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice through clear allocation of roles and responsibilities


Policies and key strategic documents that are connected to safeguarding include:

  • Child Protection policy
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE publication)
  • Whistle Blowing policy
  • Online Safety policy
  • Anti-Bullying policy
  • Behaviour policy


 Keeping Children Safe in Education


Roles & Responsibilities
Safeguarding Designated Lead (DSL): Nick Rowlands

Deputy Safeguarding Designated Lead : Clair Tustin

Child Protection / Safeguarding Governor: Charley McKay

If you have any concerns regarding a child's safety please email our DSL at:  head@harveyroad.herts.sch.uk

 Child Protection Policy 2023-2024.pdfDownload
 Prevent Audit and Action Plan.pdfDownload
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