At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe, and to learn. We all have a responsibility to make this happen. We are also committed to the safeguarding of all stakeholders in our school community.
We will ensure that:
- the welfare of the child remains paramount;
- all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm;
- all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- all staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated leads for Safeguarding: Mrs Burnside, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Nowell.
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff & visitors– ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained;
- Children’s behaviour and welfare- promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles;
- Parents & carers– promoting links & supporting families;
- Premises -keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose;
- Curriculum –providing positive, life affirming learning experiences as well as teaching our children about internet safety;
- Outside School- ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
Designated Teachers for Child Protection
All staff have been trained to safeguard children. Some staff have received additional training so that they know how to deal with concerns. The teachers designated to this role are: Mrs Pauline Burnside (Head Teacher), Mrs Katie Simpson (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Helen Nowell (Class Teacher). All welfare and safeguarding concerns should be brought to their attention.
The governors responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection are Miss Michelle Dennis (Staff Governor) and Mrs Helen Riddles (Foundation Governor).
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. On-going checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
All staff are:
- trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow;
- encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children;
- given a copy of the school’s safeguarding policy and are directed to the document ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2022’. Governors are provided with a copy of this document too.
Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
- emergency contact numbers;
- the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
- the child’s special health requirements;
- information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include One Point Services, School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least annually to incorporate the latest statutory guidance.
Further information is available in the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be found in the School Policies section of our website.