At Holmfirth High School, we take our statutory duty of care to Safeguard and promote the welfare of our students extremely seriously. Whilst on site as a member of staff, student or visitor, if you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at our school or feel something is troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate staff member immediately. Some issues, such as appearance, hygiene and general behaviour are also able to be shared with any member of teaching or support staff within the school, who will be able to take appropriate action and notify the relevant staff.
It is important that you do not worry about reporting matters, irrespective of how small these may seem.
We would prefer to be told something which turns out to be a minor issue than not be told something which turns out to be a more serious issue that could have been prevented.
However, if you become concerned about an issue which you believe is serious, such as a child protection related concern, including neglect or any form of abuse (physical, emotional or sexual) you must report this to one of the people below as soon as possible. If you do not know how to locate the individuals below, simply tell any member of staff, “I need to speak to a member of staff responsible for Safeguarding” and they will direct you to the appropriate people.
Any allegation or disclosure involving a member of staff, a child’s parent/carer or a volunteer in school must be reported directly to the Designated Safeguard Lead or Headteacher, unless it involves the Headteacher, in which case it should be reported to the chair of the Governing Body (Diane Frost).
If you would like to see a copy of our Safeguarding Policy, please ask a member of the reception team, or refer to the Policies section of our school website. Thank you for supporting the students, staff and visitors of Holmfirth High School.
Key Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL)
Deputy Safeguarding Leads
Mrs Burrell, Mrs Ellis & Mr Stitchman