Hightown Primary School

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Inspire Learning Partnership and Hightown Primary School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.  

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.  

We expect all of our staff, children, parents, volunteers, Interim Executive Board members, visitors, contractors and third-party professionals to share this commitment.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


Child Protection and Safeguarding 2023 

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023

Procedure for Protected Disclosure Whistleblowing
Allegations of Abuse against adults

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)

The term “Designated Safeguarding Lead” (DSL) is used in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document and refers to the person accountable for overseeing the safety and wellbeing of the children in the care of their setting.

At Hightown Primary School, we have five Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). 

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Reporting a concern

If you have a concern about a child, please contact a DSL.  All school DSLs are contactable via: hps.dsl@ilpartnership.org.


If you cannot locate a DSL or do not wish to report it to a DSL, you should contact Southampton Children's Services directly: Office hours: (023) 8083 3004. During out of hours, contact (023) 8023 3344. 


Always call 999 if the child is in serious danger.  


If your concern is about an adult working or volunteering in the school, you should report this to the Principal, Hayley Clark via email: hayley.clark@ilpartnership.org.  


If your concern is about the Principal, you should report it to the Trust Chair, Mr Rob Shaw via email: rob.shaw@ilpartnership.org. 


If your concern is about the Chair or you cannot or do not wish to inform the Principal about a concern about any adult in the school, you can report this directly to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - (023) 8091 5535 / 07500 952 037 or email LADO@southampton.gov.uk.


Please click the link below to visit the safeguarding page of the Inspire Learning Partnership.

Safeguarding at the Inspire Learning Partnership

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse means any threats, violence, controlling or coercive behaviour that takes place between family members or people aged over 16 who are in a relationship with each other (or have been in the past).

It is a pattern of behaviour used by abusers designed to establish and maintain power and control over another person.

If you, or anyone else, is at immediate risk of harm, telephone the police on 999. For help call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (24 hrs) If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.

Pippa Helpline: 023 8091 7917

Southampton City Council - What is Domestic Abuse?

Online safety

What parents need to know about Facebook

What parents need to know about Facebook Messenger

What parents need to know about Instagram

What parents need to know about Whatsapp

What parents need to know about W App

What parents need to know about TikTok

What parents need to know about Snapchat

What parents need to know about YouTube

What parents need to know about Netflix

What parents need to know about Fortnite

What parents need to know about Minecraft 

Other sources of advice and support

Southampton Children's Services

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)