Mrs Jacinta Foo Miss Suzanne Turner Miss Gemma Buckley
Little Harrowden Primary School is totally committed to Safeguarding.
Safeguarding children is at the heart of all that we do.
We totally believe that every child has the fundamental right to feel safe all the time.
We all have the right to feel safe all the time.
We can talk with someone about anything even if it’s awful or small.
If a child discloses something to you remember not to ask leading questions, don’t promise not to tell anyone and remember to record it as soon as you can. If you have any concerns over a child’s wellbeing please speak to us.
How can we help our children to feel psychologically safe?
As adults, think back to a time when you didn’t feel safe, perhaps you were caught in a thunderstorm or strong wind, or got separated from family/friends in a large crowd and try to remember how that made you feel. At every age there are things that make us feel better and safe, as a child this might be a parent hugging you, a special blanket or toy, sucking a dummy or thumb. As we get older we seek this feeling in other ways, the safety of a calm voice, a smile, a touch or our friends. Sadly some people use destructive ways of feeling safe, drugs, alcohol or unacceptable behaviours. Try and look beyond the behaviour and see if there are patterns to the way they behave, this could be a sensory memory that we don’t know about; sights, smells, sounds, some people and some word can all trigger sensory memories. Often these are so deeply embedded that even the children don’t realise why they are behaving in this way.
If a child speaks to you because they are not feeling safe please let the safeguarding leads listed above at the school know.
Always record anything that gives you cause for concern we would rather have too much than too little. It could all build into a bigger picture!