We have been made aware of some Safeguarding risks and concerns over the game Fortnite. Can we please remind you that Fortnite has an age rating of 12.
If you need any additional advice then please do come and speak to one of the Safeguarding team!
Please see the below parents’ guide for more information.

At Hillcrest Academy we are committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare and well -being of all of our pupils and adults. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils and families.
Everyone working in our school has a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe by providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.
The best advice that we can give any child, or adult, if they feel that they or someone else is unsafe is to TELL SOMEONE!

For all safeguarding issues or concerns please speak to the Designated Leaders for Safeguarding / Child Protection – Louise Cornwell, Karen Goldthorp and Vicky Oddy.

Or if you are worried that a child is at risk of harm please contact Children’s Social Work Service on 0113 222 4403.

The Underwear Rule

Simple conversations really can help keep your child safe, and that’s what we will help you do. We want to help parents and carers talk to their children about staying safe. The Underwear Rule is just one way that – together – we can prevent child abuse.
We teach our pupils the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule using the ‘PANTS’ acrostic.
PANTS stands for:

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

Have a look at the poster to the right for more information.

Click to view the Underwear Rule poster

How well do you know the rule?

Test your memory by hovering over the cards below to flip them and reveal the meaning.

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P is for...

P rivates are private.

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A is for...

A lways remember your body belongs to you.

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N is for...

N o means no.

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T is for...

T alk about secrets that upset you.

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S peak up, someone can help.

Lets protect our girls

The Home Office has launched a campaign to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) called ‘Lets protect our girls’.

The campaign aims to educate communities about the long-term health consequences of FGM and it seeks to raise awareness that it is illegal and that it has to be signposted to the NSPCC FGM helpline for support, advice or also to report.

‘Lets protect our girls’ starts  from the 5th October and will be run for eight weeks as part of our commitment to tackling this crime and protecting vulnerable women and girls.

The campaign seeks to help prevent FGM by changing attitudes among affected communities through raising awareness of the negative long-term health consequences of FGM. The campaign also encourages communities to report via the NSPCC’s FGM helpline – 0800 028 3550