At Heathfield Primary School, we strive to ensure that all our pupils remain safe and free from harm and we are committed to playing a full and active part in the multi-agency response to child protection concerns. 


At Heathfield, we deal with any Safeguarding concerns by following the Framework for Action, as devised by Bolton Children's Safeguarding Board (BCSB).  A copy of this can be found in within our Policies section .

When concerns are raised the following model is used to grade level of need and the support/agency to be accessed.

We all have a role to play in safeguarding children. You should know that our designating safeguarding leads are all members of the senior leadership team; Mr Thornley; Miss Wilkinson;  Mrs Abernethy and Mrs Renton (Learning Mentor). You can speak to any of us if you are concerned about a child's wellbeing.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident.  Operation Encompass has been created to address this situation and facilitate information sharing between agencies including the police, to ensure children and families are supported. We also ensure children learn about 'Healthy Relationships' through the Fort Alice teaching project in upper key stage 2.
Where we have concerns about any child in our care, we have a duty to act on this. Sometimes this may involve seeking advice or referring to Social Services. This service, and other partners such as Families First, the School Nurse Team, CAMHS and Behaviour Support are all agencies who work  with us to support families across Bolton.
Mrs. Philbrock - Staff First Aiders
All teaching assistants - Paediatric First Aiders
Site Manager - Mrs. Taylor
Governor with responsibility for safeguarding - Mrs Diane Davies
How do we keep our site safe?
  • Our site staff conduct regular safety check and these are also supported by termly visits from Bolton Local Authority Property Services.
  • Routine weekly checks are carried out and monitored across water usage and legionella, emergency lighting, fire and intruder alarm testing, site security and grounds.
  • Staff receive fire safety refresher training every two years.
  • Site staff receive training for their routine checks every three years.
  • All risk assessments are updated annually, or when there is a change in circumstance.
Early Help
Early Help is a key element of the Framework for Action. Early Help is the support that is delivered at the Every Child, Level 1 and Level 2 of Bolton’s Framework for Action. It includes universal interventions that are offered to an entire population to prevent problems developing and targeted support offered to particular children and families with additional needs.
The purpose of Early Help is to support the well-being of children and families by tackling emerging needs at the earliest opportunity and prevent them from getting worse. This means working with children and families to engage and include them as equal partners and to support them to access additional services that can promote positive outcomes.
Effective Early Help may be delivered at any point in a child’s life; pre-birth onwards, about any issue which is impacting or could affect their development and well-being, including education, health and safety.
Working Together to Safeguard Children – A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children 2013 identifies that supporting children to achieve these outcomes is more effective when local agencies work together to:
• Identify children and families who would benefit from early help
• Undertake an assessment
• Provide early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family to improve outcomes for the child Bolton’s Framework for Action provides clear thresholds for using early help processes.
Early Help Framework
The Early Help Assessment and Action Plan provides a standard assessment approach to enable those working with children and families in need of early help to identify and respond effectively. The assessment will help identify:
• The child’s level of need
• Which needs must be prioritised

Online Safety Advice from Bolton Schools ICT

internet_earthThe internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun.

However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there. (http://www.ceop.police.uk )

In our schools, Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.

Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:

  • bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
  • the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example sexting

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:

  • online safety and associated issues

The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues.

OFSTEDWhat does OFSTED say:

  • Schools to work closely with all families to help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school.
  • Schools to provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for online safety that enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies.
  • Schools to systematically review and develop their online safety procedures, including training, to ensure that they have a positive impact on pupils’ knowledge and understanding.

DFEWhat does the Computing Curriculum say:

  • KS1: use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
  • KS2: use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.