Safeguarding & eSafety


Safeguarding During School Closure

Hassenbrook Academy fully recognises that our safeguarding responsibilities remain in place even though the school is operating in a different way to normal. We continue to have regard to the statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education and are still following these key safeguarding principles:

• The best interests of children must come first

• If anyone has a safeguarding concern about any child, they should continue to act on it immediately

• A designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or deputy is available at all times

• Safeguarding measures are in place to ensure that unsuitable people don’t enter the school workforce or gain access to children

• Children should continue to be protected when they are online.

The school remains open for children of key workers and vulnerable children. The government have identified vulnerable children as those that have EHCPs and those that have social workers.

During term time, the school email account is regularly checked. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a student please email and your concerns will be passed to a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

If you’re worried about the welfare of any child or young person living in Thurrock, you can also contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for advice and guidance: 9am to 4.30pm, Monday – Friday, except bank holidays: 01375 652 802Email: Outside of the above hours, the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) can be contacted on 01375 372 468.

If you are in any doubt as to the immediate safety of any child call 999.

During this period of school closure we would ask parents and carers to be particularly aware of the following:

• Students will be making use of online resources and communicating with the school via email.  Please make sure they do this appropriately and in line with the school’s Behaviour and Use of IT policies. Please look at the website or your child’s planner if you need to be reminded of these guidelines. Please also refer to the E-Safety section of the School website for further advice.

• Students may be particularly anxious during this time about their academic progress or wider issues. Please talk to your child about how they are feeling and support them in developing a balanced daily routine incorporating school work, but also positive use of leisure time. For serious concerns around mental and emotional wellbeing please refer to a GP and request referral to CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental health Services).

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021


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