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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship.   It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse.   It's important to remember domestic abuse:

 

  • can happen inside and outside the home
  • can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social networking sites
  • can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
  • both men and women can be abused or abusers.

Types of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological, such as:

 

  • kicking, hitting, punching or cutting
  • rape (including in a relationship)
  • controlling someone's finances by withholding money or stopping someone earning
  • controlling behaviour, like telling someone where they can go and what they can wear
  • not letting someone leave the house
  • reading emails, text messages or letters
  • threatening to kill someone or harm them
  • threatening to another family member or pet.

Signs of domestic abuse

It can be difficult to tell if domestic abuse is happening and those carrying out the abuse can act very different when other people are around.   Children and young people might also feel frightened and confused, keeping the abuse to themselves.

 

Signs that a child has witnessed domestic abuse can include:

 

  • aggression or bullying
  • anti-social behaviour, like vandalism
  • anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts
  • attention seeking
  • bed-wetting, nightmares or insomnia
  • constant or regular sickness, like colds, headaches and mouth ulcers
  • drug or alcohol use
  • eating disorders
  • problems in school or trouble learning
  • tantrums
  • withdrawal.

Effects of domestic abuse

Living in a home where domestic abuse happens can have a serious impact on a child or young person's mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their behaviour.   And this can last into adulthood.

 

What's important is to make sure the abuse stops and that children have a safe and stable environment to grow up in.

 

Our services can support children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse to help them move on and receive the care they need.

If a child reveals abuse

If a child talks to you about domestic abuse it's important to:

 

  • listen carefully to what they're saying
  • let them know they've done the right thing by telling you
  • tell them it's not their fault
  • say you'll take them seriously
  • don't confront the alleged abuser
  • explain what you'll do next
  • report what the child has told you as soon as possible.

Support

For parents

If you're an adult experiencing domestic abuse, there are organisations that can help.

 

Anyone who needs support and advice around domestic abuse is invited to come along to The Maidstone One Stop Shop at Trinity House on Church St every Tuesday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472
  • office@barming.kent.sch.uk
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