Hawthorn Park Community Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
The school has strong safeguarding procedures in place and all staff are Child Protection trained annually. All staff, governors, visitors and volunteers are DBS checked before they are able to work with children.
Parents and/or other visitors are to report to the main reception when entering the school building and we require all visitors to sign in and out via the inVentry system.
Click the button to see our latest Safeguarding Policy
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Council to raise awareness of signs of cuckooing with social media campaign
Monday, 8 March 2021
Central Beds are raising awareness of 'cuckooing' -
We are is running a social media campaign this week to raise awareness of ‘cuckooing’, so community members can recognise the signs and report any suspicious behaviour.
This should be reported to our Safer Communities and Partnerships Team.
Cuckooing is the term used to describe criminals, mainly drug dealers, taking advantage of a vulnerable person, using threats of violence and other methods to take over their home and using it as a base for criminal activity.
Signs of cuckooing can include an increase in people outside or entering a property or people coming and going at strange times
Other signs could include:
a change in the behaviour of the resident; they stop engaging with family, neighbours or support services, or appear anxious or distracted
damage to the front door
an increase in anti-social behaviour near the property
an increase in litter outside the property
Reporting a concern
If you think that a child you know is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed and they attend our school, please initially come and speak in confidence to myself (Anne-Louise Kyte - Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Ms Lewis (Deputy Safeguarding Lead).
If your concern is regarding a child who is not associated with this school or your concern arises during the weekend/school holidays, then please contact one of the following:
Central Bedfordshire - Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585 (or if calling out of hours 0300 300 8123)
Luton - Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01582 547653 (or if calling out of hours 0300 300 8123)
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000 or you can report onlineat
You can talk about your concerns and they will give you advice or they may investigate the circumstances.
All calls are treated in confidence and you need not give your details.
Our 'school documents' page gives you details of the school procedures in regards to safeguarding.
Everyone has a duty to protect children from harm.
The following websites provide more information, support and guidance:
Click to see 'Helping you to understand the sexual development of children under the age of 5'
Click to see 'Helping you to understand the sexual development of children aged 5 - 11'