At Ashby Fields Primary School, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Designated Safeguarding Leaders

Keeping children safe online

Ashby Fields Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jacqui Johnson (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Gemma Harvey (Deputy Headteacher). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Mrs Alison Solomon.

If you have any concerns about one of our pupils then do not hesitate to contact us by either telephoning the school office on 01327 310068, emailing the headteacher at head@ashby.northants-ecl.gov.uk or speaking to us in person via the school office.

The Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted

on 0300 126 1000 or out of hours on 01604 626 938 , email MASH@northamptonshire.gcsx.gov.uk

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We also like to use photographs of our children in our prospectus and similar documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. We also like to use photographs, of our children, on our website. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the headteacher.

The School has adopted the definition of the term 'Safeguarding' used in the Children Act 2004. 

In summary this is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

The School's safeguarding arrangements cover all aspects of life at School, in particular addressing these issues:

  • health and safety;
  • bullying;
  • other harassment and discrimination, including racism; sexism and other forms of discrimination.
  • physical intervention; peer on peer abuse
  • sexting
  • homophobic behaviour
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions;
  • provision of medical first aid;
  • drug and substance abuse;
  • off-site visits;
  • intimate care;
  • internet and communications safety;
  • physical security of the School site;
  • protection from maltreatment; and
  • recruitment and vetting of staff and visitors to the site.

View our Child Protection Policy here.

e-Safety Guidance

In a world of ever-increasing exposure to streaming media, with cheaper and faster internet connectivity, children today are constantly accessing and creating web content.

At Ashby Fields Primary School we take great care to plan and teach the children how to stay safe in the on-line world and how to use these technologies responsibly.

For your convenience please find the following tips, guides and website links that you may find useful to help you and your children to stay safe whilst using technology on-line.

External website

Thinkuknow
An education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.

Childnet International
A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

internetmatters.org
Backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players this site offers advice on tackling e-safety issues.

CEOP
The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account

Bullying - a definition [source: https://www.gov.uk/bullying-at-school/bullying-a-definition]

There is no legal definition of bullying. However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:

  • repeated
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation

It takes many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger)

The following websites may provides a helpful point of reference if you feel your child is being bullied.

BullyingUK Part of Family Lives - Listening, supportive and non-judgemental

NSPCC - Bullying Advice The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children NSPCC's advice pages on bullying.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance A unique coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.