We recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their wellbeing is a paramount importance. This includes issues as diverse as anti-bullying, photos of students, first aid, internet safety, safeguarding, interview screening for new staff and healthy eating.
We keep our school site safe and undergo regular maintenance checks and risk assessments for activities both on and off the school site. There are clear procedures which are followed and quality assured by Trust staff. Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to become equipped with the skills they need to live healthy lives and to develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life.
We recognise that self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all of our students. We therefore aim to maintain an ethos where our students feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Students know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty, and all our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have up to date safeguarding training.
Displays around school direct students to different avenues of support for different needs and our transition process is paramount in introducing students that join Hayesbrook in Year 7 about how to find support if they need it. We work with a variety of outside agencies to support students safeguarding needs. Staff can give careers advice and we have access to trained counsellors through Fegans. All of this is underpinned by form tutors, student managers, Heads of Year and three members of the senior leadership team who are trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads with safeguarding responsibility.
Part of our duty as adults is to protect young people from abuse and neglect. We have a designated Child Protection Team who liaise with outside agencies and families in such situations. Further details can be found by reading our Safeguarding Policy (see our School Policies page):
Secondary School is a place where children start to learn to become adults. At Hayesbrook they can experience that transition in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
Pupils should be directed towards this section of the website should they wish to report a 'worry' online https://www.hayesbrook.kent.sch.uk/page/?title=Safeguarding+and+Online+Safety&pid=222
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is also our designated person for looked after children and online safety.
Key staff roles regarding child protection are as follows:
* Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Reader (Assistant Principal) supported by Ms Ansell (Assistant Principal)
* SENCO and DSL KS4: Ms Ansell (Assistant Principal)
* Designated Safeguarding Lead KS3 Mr Upton (Associate Assistant Principal)
* Designated Safeguarding Lead KS5 Mrs Hubbard (Associate Assistant Principal)
* Student Managers: Mrs Concannon (Years 7, 8 and 9) and Mrs Christmas (Years 10, 11, 12 and 13)
If you have any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding, please do contact any of the above on 01732 500600.