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Child Protection and Safeguarding

Holcombe Brook Primary School is committed to safeguarding and safer recruitment, for all its pupils. Our designated safeguarding leads are Mr Westerby, Mrs Byrne and Mrs Hughes. 


Holcombe Brook Primary School is fully committed to the safeguarding of children: ensuring the well being of the child is paramount. For pupils to feel that they are able to do their best and achieve their true potential, it is important that they feel safe and supported in our school environment. 

Everyone working within our school, whatever their role, is acutely aware that issues to do with the protection of children are of the highest possible importance. Trust underpins everything that we do in school. The parents of our pupils entrust the care of their children to us and together we are all responsible for their well being. 

In relation to safeguarding, Holcombe Brook Primary School aims to ‘prevent’, ‘protect’ and ‘support’ all its pupils by addressing child protection in the curriculum, pastoral activities and in the management of the school, and by empowering and enabling staff to be vigilant for vulnerable students through regular, ongoing training and the dissemination of information. We also involve our pupils in regular assemblies with visiting agencies and workshops which will enable them to stay safe online, in school and at home.

What We Do

The use of technology is wide spread throughout daily life. Education is no different and there are various forms of technology in use within the school.

At Holcombe Brook we are committed to using technology to enhance and enrich the teaching and learning experience throughout the school.

In doing this we aim to educate pupils in the benefits of using technology but also to understand its weaknesses and potential danger.  

To help educate both parents and children in this regard we will post news articles and resources that we think useful. These will appear in our main news feed, and more specifically on the Safeguarding news page.

The Childsnet website is another great Safeguarding resource worth bookmarking. 

Policies and Procedures

Holcombe Brook Primary School has policies which deal with safeguarding, child protection, radicalisation and safer recruitment, which are in accordance with Bury local authority procedures and which comply with the DFE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.

The Difference Between Safeguarding and Child Protection

People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.

In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between.  This diagram sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:



As you can see, Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding.  Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.


Help and advice for parents

As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We are here should you need to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe. Here is advice and resources for helping parents to keep their children safe, advice for parents on keeping children safe out of school, at home and online, when using the internet, social networking websites and playing online games, help and advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for your children.

For guidance, further details can be found from:






Parental Controls on Home Devices

This guide will help you set up parental controls to provide your child with a safer online environment. Parental controls can help to protect your child from seeing something that they shouldn’t – although it is important to emphasise that no system is effective all of the time so it is important to engage with your child and talk to them about their online life regularly.

Parental Controls Booklet

Ways to contact the NSPCC

(The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands).

  • Provide as much information as you can about the child and the concerns you have.
  • If you have any details that can help to identify the child, such as their name or address, please share them too.
  • If you’re requesting information, please tell us what you want it for.

Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

This service is free and they will try to text you back within three hours.