Safeguarding and Educational Welfare
Ensuring that all children are safe at Biggin Hill Primary School is our number one priority every day. Children cannot thrive academically or socially unless they are in an environment where they feel completely safe. As well as ensuring that children stay physically safe it is also vital that they are supported to develop and maintain good mental health and wellbeing. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively at BHPS, we make sure that our approach to safeguarding is child-centred. This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's physical and mental health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children. All staff receive high quality safeguarding training annually as well as updates throughout the year.
It is important that children understand how to safeguard themselves. We ensure that children gain the necessary knowledge and understanding about how to protect themselves throughout their time at BHPS. Safeguarding is an integral part of our curriculum and is delivered at an age appropriate level from the moment children start with us until they leave.
The Designated Safeguarding lead at BHPS is:
Hannah Freeman (Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead)
The Deputy Designated safeguarding leads are:
Kate Lawrence (Deputy Headteacher, Inclusion Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Kath Sargeant (Family Liaison and Mental Health Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
If you are concerned about a child at our school, please contact us immediately.
If you think that a child or young person under the age of 18 years old, who lives in the borough, is being abused or neglected, contact the MASH Team using the contact details below.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Telephone: 020 8461 7373 / 7379 / 7026
Address: Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH
Outside of office hours and at weekends and public holidays contact the 'out of hours contact' service on 030 0303 8671. If you are seriously concerned about a child's immediate safety, dial 999.
More information on the schools procedures can be found in the safeguarding policy (link) and its supporting documents. For quick reference on what steps to take if you are concerned about a child, please refer to our Safeguarding Leaflet (link).
- Bromley Safeguarding Children Partnership
- For information about extremism and radicalisation:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- CEOP - If you are concerned that a child maybe at risk whilst they are online
Biggin Hill Primary School uses the local authority, London Borough of Bromley, Educational Welfare Service to support us to:
- maintain our excellent attendance record.
- improve overall attendance and outcomes for children in schools and academies
- provide the statutory functions in securing children's attendance, dealing with the welfare and safeguarding of the children as well as supporting the school to maintain good levels of attendance.
Biggin Hill Primary School is committed to the safeguarding and educational welfare of all our children.