InMat

Safeguarding

  • InMAT inspire multi-academy trust is fully is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all our pupils.
  • Safeguarding children is at the heart of all that we do.
  • We totally believe that every child has the fundamental right to feel safe all the time.

We expect everyone associated with InMAT, all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Our CEO is the trust Designated Safeguarding Lead. Our trust Inclusion Lead supports our schools to make sure their processes and procedures are robust and fit for purpose. Each school in our trust has a Designated Safeguarding Lead and a safeguarding governor.  We are committed to ensuring that our safeguarding leaders and all staff and volunteers receive the appropriate training to prepare them for their roles.

All our schools follow the guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), the Governance Handbook. All staff and volunteers will adhere to the InMAT safeguarding policy, whistleblowing policy and staff code of conduct.  

We recognise that all staff, governors, children, parents and volunteers all have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. Our school procedures for safeguarding children are in line with the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB).

For further information, please see a full copy of our Safeguarding Policy or alternatively contact the school office for a hard copy.

For Children

Everyone at school wants you to feel happy and safe. You can talk to any adult in school if you feel worried or unsafe. We have a 'Hand of Trust' in each classroom. This has the names and photographs of people you might feel comfortable talking to.

For Parents

If you have any concerns about your child's welfare please make an appointment with the class teacher in the first instance. Remember, they will take any issue or concern you have seriously and are committed to helping your child feel safe at school. Most issues are resolved satisfactorily at this stage.

If you have a concern about a pupil or a member of staff, please use the contact details below for the designated safeguarding leader, or check the school's website.

If your concern is about a senior leader at one of our schools, please contact Helen Williams, the InMAT designated safeguarding leader, or email:- safeguarding@inmat.org.uk

Designated Safeguarding Leaders

  • InMAT Trust - Helen Williams 01604 434600
  • Little Harrowden Primary School – Mrs Jacinta Foo 01933 677202

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads at Little Harrowden Primary School:      

  • Mrs Clare Tibbs – Family Support Worker
  • Miss Suzanne Turner – Class Teacher and Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss Gemma Buckley – Deputy Headteacher

If you do not wish to speak with a designated safeguarding leader, please email :- safeguarding@inmat.org.uk

If you have an urgent concern about a child you can contact the Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact the Northamptonshire Multi-agency safeguarding hub directly on 0300 126 7000

Or by using the link:

Report a concern - Help and protection for children (nctrust.co.uk)

How can we help our children to feel psychologically safe? 

As adults, think back to a time when you didn’t feel safe, perhaps you were caught in a thunderstorm or strong wind, or got separated from family/friends in a large crowd and try to remember how that made you feel. At every age there are things that make us feel better and safe, as a child this might be a parent hugging you, a special blanket or toy, sucking a dummy or thumb. As we get older we seek this feeling in other ways, the safety of a calm voice, a smile, a touch or our friends. Sadly some people use destructive ways of feeling safe, drugs, alcohol or unacceptable behaviours. Try and look beyond the behaviour and see if there are patterns to the way they behave, this could be a sensory memory that we don’t know about; sights, smells, sounds, some people and some words can all trigger sensory memories. Often these are so deeply embedded that even the children don’t realise why they are behaving in this way.

If a child speaks to you because they are not feeling safe please let the safeguarding leads listed above at the school know.

Always record anything that gives you cause for concern we would rather have too much than too little. It could all build into a bigger picture!

We all have the right to feel safe all the time.

If you have any concerns over a child’s wellbeing please speak to us.

We can talk with someone about anything even if it’s awful or small.

Useful Weblinks for Parental Support:

Local Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire (LSCBN)
Telephone: 01604 364036

National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Telephone: 0808 800 5000

Childline
Telephone: 0800 1111

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
Telephone: 0870 000 3344