What is Safeguarding

Safeguarding is a term used to describe measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a Hart School, please contact the school directly on 01889 802440 and ask to a member of The Hart School Safeguarding Team.

For non-urgent queries please email The Hart School safeguarding team at safeguarding@hartschool.org.uk

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

What does Safeguarding Cover?

Safeguarding covers numerous topics, many of which are interconnected, including:

  • Bullying
  • Child Exploitation
  • Domestic and Sexual violence/abuse
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • County Lines
  • Self-Harm
  • Child on Child abuse
  • Neglect
  • Prevent (Preventing Violent Extremism)
  • Substance Misuse
  • Violence Against Women and Girls (including FGM)
  • E-Safety 

Who is responsible for Safeguarding?

Everyone has a responsibility to keep children and young people safe.

All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.

Safeguarding at The Hart School

We take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously.

Our current policy can be downloaded here, or you can find it on our policies page.