Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs K Harding, Deputy Principal
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Miss E Anderson, Principal and Miss D Owen, Assistant Principal
Mr A Wilson
At Knutsford Primary Academy, the health, safety and well–being of every child are paramount. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our safer recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers, including the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and references. Our staff also receive annual safeguarding updates and receive regular training in this area.
The procedures that we follow have been set by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) and Knutsford Primary Academy has a statutory Child Protection Policy that can be accessed in the Policy section of this website. If you would like to know more about our procedures please contact the office to book an appointment with Mrs Harding, Miss Anderson or Miss Owen.
If you have a concern about a child, we invite you to talk to Mrs Harding, Miss Anderson or Miss Owen. There is also the option to call Children’s Services on 0300 123 4043. You can also contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
We have trained members of staff who deal with first aid, including paediatric first aid.
Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with children with the utmost sensitivity and always seek guidance from the Principal. Wherever necessary, parents will be contacted so that they are part of the decision making process for such matters.
In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting the parent.
Knutsford Primary Academy is a secure site. All entrances and exits to the school are secured during school hours and the only access to the school during the day is through the main entrance off Balmoral Road.
Appointment and induction of staff and work placements
All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the Principal and Aspire’s Senior HR Officer.
The Principal and Deputy Principal have undertaken training on Safer Recruitment and sit on all appointment panels.
Induction of volunteers
All volunteers must have DBS clearance and a reference. For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted. Visitors who do not yet have clearance are not permitted to have unsupervised contact with children.
We confirm that all visitors with a professional role – e.g. visiting teachers, the school nurse or members of the police – have relevant clearance. Students who work within our school community also have their DBS clearance confirmed. Anyone who spends time in school without this confirmation will be accompanied at all times.