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Hart Primary School


‘Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility’. 

At Hart Primary School we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to providing a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our whole school holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.  

The school’s staff, volunteers and governing body have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as a shared responsibility with parents and other carers. To support this statement, the school may signpost to services that are specialised to promote opportunity, prevent problems, act early and act effectively if and when concerns arise. Therefore, whilst we do not want to worry you, we will report to Children’s Social Care if we have any reason to believe that a child may be at risk of suffering abuse or neglect.  

Safeguarding is of paramount importance at Hart Primary School and we operate on the understanding ‘it could happen here’. With this is mind, all staff and governors receive at least the yearly statutory safeguarding training and in addition, we are proactive in the education of our staff regarding safeguarding through ongoing ‘drip feeding’ of safeguarding awareness so that our staff are all prepared should a safeguarding incident occur. The DSL and Safeguarding lead also receive additional training including safer recruitment training so that we can be assured that our staff are safe to work with children.

Parents/carers are normally our first point of contact, and if a suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents/carers will be informed at the same time that the record is made; we will support parents/carers and ensure we work in collaboration with them to protect children. Working with parents/carers to prevent abuse is our primary aim and only when that has failed or in emergency situations will a referral be made to social care. When a referral is made to social care parents will be notified beforehand, except when guidance from social care or the police does not allow this. We cannot safeguard children alone.  

All children’s services agencies work in partnership with each other. There are duties and rules about information sharing but if staff, parents or carers have any concerns about a child, other parent provider, agency or any person, they have a responsibility to report those concerns and we must record and act on them We have a child protection policy’ and other safeguarding policies that are underpinned by KCSIE and the document “Working Together to Safeguard Children” and Safer Recruitment guidance. The policy applies to all children and young people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or religion. It is a requirement that all users are informed of these policies and what they should do if they have concerns.  

Policies are placed on the school website. If you have any concerns about the practice of our staff team please speak to the Head of the School, Marie Crowe, who is also our Designated Child Protection Officer.

What you can do  

Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to someone who you trust will listen. The school is required to have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) for this purpose.  

Parents and children should speak to the designated safeguarding lead if they have any concerns about a child or staff member. If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999.  

Otherwise, contact The Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Children’s Hub on 01429 284284 / 01642 130080 or out of office hours call 01642 524552.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Miss Marie Crowe – Head of School

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Sara McLaren – Assistant Head

Mrs Lyndsey James – Class Teacher


If you have any safeguarding concerns please speak to one of the named people above. Contact details can be obtained from the school office.

Operation Encompass Statement

Prevent Information


Child Protection Policy

Child-on-Child Policy






Our Values and Ethos

We have a set of school values that were devised in conjunction with our Governors, pupils, parents and staff

Friendship & Trust

Always our Best



Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.