Hunsbury Park Primary

Protective Behaviours (PBs) is a safety awareness and life skills programme which builds confidence and resilience by exploring our right to feel safe. It starts from the belief that we cannot be scared into feeling safe, and therefore it avoids a focus on scary scenarios and rigid sets of rules for how to deal with unsafe situations. Instead it teaches an ability to recognise when we are not feeling safe, and provide skills and tools to enable individuals to take action and get help when they need it.

The PB framework helps children and adults to recognise any situation where they feel worried or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened. It can be used as an abuse prevention strategy, as well as promoting good citizenship. Additionally it recognises that life is also about challenging ourselves and taking safe risks in order that we try new things, and that this is both part of our development and an important life skill.

The programme also looks at identifying support networks for times when we need someone to listen and help.

Protective Behaviours is based on two key messages:

  • We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
  • We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small

At Hunsbury Park we follow these two themes along with the language of safety to ensure all children feel safe in school all the time. We follow extensive training with all adults who work with children at school to ensure all adults follow these key themes.

As well as following these key themes and the language of safety throughout daily life at school we also teach a Protective Behaviours unit to each year group at the beginning and end of each academic year.

We value how children feel and ensure children have a right to talk about their feelings throughout the school day.

Keeping Safe at HPPS

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Gail Barnshaw (Head teacher).
  • The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead are Mrs Jo Fantarrow and Mrs Helen Bambridge.

When coming into HPPS please remember:

  • Personal mobile phones are NOT allowed to be used or available for use whilst working with a child, group or class. This is to safeguard both the child/ren and you.  This is a non-negotiable rule.
  • Visitors or staff who do not have full DBS clearance wear a YELLOW lanyard.  This means they are NOT allowed to work unsupervised with a pupil or group.