Safeguarding At The Hurst Community College
The Safeguarding Officers at The Hurst are -
Mr Matt Hunt - Deputy DSL
Mrs Shelagh Parsons - Pupil Support Manager
Our paramount concern is to ensure the welfare of the child and to provide an environment where all pupils feel safe, valued and respected and know who to go to for help.
What We Do As A School
All adults in school are aware of the Safeguarding Policies and these are explained to all new members of staff.
Parents and carers are also made aware of the Safeguarding Policy.
Our Safer Recruitment procedure includes checks on all staff and regular volunteers.
The Safeguarding Policy is regularly reviewed and updated.
If you have any concerns please report to the DSL (Mr David Hurley) or the Deputy DSL (Mr Matt Hunt) - no concern will be thought of a trivial.
Safeguarding against extremism
The aim of PREVENT is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists and to do this by challenging ideologies, protecting vulnerable individuals and supporting institutions, such as our school.
Protecting students from the risk of radicalisation should be part of the schools wider safeguarding duties and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms such as drugs, gangs, neglect and sexualy exploitation. -Home Office - The Prevent Strategy
Indicators that a child could be being radicalised are (although not exhaustive):
Expression of extreme views
Changes in behaviour and appearance
Please remain vigilant - awareness is by far the greatest protection for children and vulnerable people.