Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

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Safeguarding is everybody’s business.


Ashbourne Hilltop School is fully committed to making sure children are safe, both at school and at home. We have an environment where children feel safe; where children, parents/carers and staff can talk about any safeguarding concerns, knowing they will be listened to.


The school follows the advice provided by statutory bodies, agencies and authorities, for example the Derbyshire Safeguarding Childrens Board and the Local Authority. We are registered to receive safeguarding updates, ensuring we stay aware of current trends and issues. We work alongside supporting agencies in a number of ways. They may provide us with advice, they can work direct with parents/carers and they can support us with resources and lessons, for example local police doing road safety lessons, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School inviting our parents to online safety evenings.


The school site is safe and secure with access to the school building being controlled. School staff and governors are aware of the importance of safeguarding, not just in being alert and raising concerns but also in teaching the children how to stay safe and be considerate of others. We use our website to provide easy access to further information for parents/carers, for example ‘Educate Against Hate’ and the Prevent strategy.


Safeguarding training for staff and governors is ongoing and covers a range of topics from general safeguarding to female genital mutilation (FGM) and extremism.


Please approach us if you have any concerns or questions that relate to safeguarding.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Darren Hooley, supported by Deputy DSLs Mrs Sally Smith, Mrs Clare Fearn and Mrs Jo Lee.


Remember – Safeguarding is everybody's business.


What have we been doing……


April 2020 - Please see our Facebook page for practical support regarding parenting at this unusual time.  


January 2020 - New link about Child Car Seat Safety after the local neighbourhood police team have asked us to update parents with car seat safety. Please take a look & remember to only transport children in your car if you have the correct car seat for them.


Nov 2019 - Staff trained in Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work at Work re-qualified.  Camera / intercom fitted to external pedestrian gate improving site security.  Parent praised for keeping unknown visitor outside the gate, visitor was a safeguarding person from DCC who was very impressed. 

Children praised for keeping visitor waiting at the door and going to get an adult.

Oct 2019 - Safeguarding briefing file read by staff, includes Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019, Updated Safeguarding Policy, PREVENT and other info including FGM, HBV, county Lines.

September 2019 - Parents invited to QEGS Online Safety evening presented by Mr Illsley - 16th October 2019

Senior Teacher completed face to face Designated Safeguarding Lead Training.

Acting Head & Senior teacher completed face to face PREVENT training.

Face to face Safeguarding training for all staff.

Changes to start of the day handover procedures to improve onsite security.

June 2019 - Governor completed Safer Recruitment Training.

May 2019 - Parents signposted to information relating to Water Safety Week.

April 2019 - 2 staff completed a 2 day Forest School First aid training course.

March 2019 - Child and Family Support Worker attended Designated Safeguarding Lead full day course. 

January 2019 - Secure access system fitted to pedestrian access gate.

December 2018 - Assistant Head attended full day Designated Safeguarding Lead training.

November 2018 - Head Teacher attended Designated Safeguarding Lead refresher training. Head and Child & Family Support Worker attended Primary School Safeguarding Forum.

October 2018 - Saltmine Theatre Company staged production and workshop 'Escape' in school to deliver internet safety messages to Years 2-6.  Children from Elton School also attended.  Funded in full by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, with local PSCO, University of Derby students and Victim Support also present. 

Hazel Jaques and Ian Cooper attended Annual Safeguarding and Serious Case Review conference.

July 2018 - Water advice with link to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service website shared with parents via Facebook.

June 2018 - Digital Parenting Magazine distributed to all families. 

'Escape' - Theatre production on online safety booked for October 2018. Performance will be in school and also host other primary schools

May 2018 - School representative attended Designated Leads Forum (Primary Schools).

School Council took part in the Great Plastic Pick Up around the town centre. 

Nineteen staff received First Aid training.

April 2018 - School representative attended  Domestic Abuse Notifications training.



Leaving Children Unsupervised

Parents / Carers are being asked to think carefully about when they leave their children unattended in cars. It may be tempting to leave a sleeping, tired child but when they wake they are likely to become upset, distressed and may try to leave the car. Paying for petrol at a garage where you can both see each other through windows is very different to going into a supermarket to do some shopping. The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.

Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg at home or in a car. 

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) says:

  • children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time
  • children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight
  • babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone

Domestic Abuse

This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.

This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Children's Services. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.

This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.

This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.