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Safeguarding refers to the process of protecting children (and adults) in order to provide safe and effective care. This includes all procedures designed to prevent harm to a child.

Statement Of Intent - Safeguarding

The Children’s Act states that the child’s welfare is paramount and that every child has the right to protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The aim of the Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by:

Our Designated Senior Teacher for Safeguarding & Child Protection:
Mrs Sarah Oakes

Our Nominated Governor for Safeguarding & Child Protection:
Mr. Mark. Dotchin

  • Prevention

    All staff will endeavour to ensure that all children using the setting do so safely and appropriately, and are treated with respect and understanding. St. Mary’s RC First and St. Joseph’s RC Middle will organise its routines and activities for children with a preventative, safeguarding purpose in mind.

    • All staff will undergo an enhanced DBS check.
    • It is important to note that a person who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will be breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups.
    • An organisation, which knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups, will also be breaking the law.
    • Our schools works with children and if we dismiss a member of staff or volunteer because they have harmed a child or we would have done so if they had not left we must tell the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • Protect
    • St. Mary’s RC First and St. Joseph’s RC Middle will take all reasonable steps to safeguard and protect the rights, health and well-being of all children who are in our care.
    • Both of our schools have a Child Protection Policy.
  • Support
    • Child Protection training is mandatory for all staff and will be part of their induction programme.
    • The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is Mr. Gavin. R. Simpson (Executive Assistant Headteacher) who will ensure that the staffs’ knowledge, understanding and practice of safeguarding children is current and up to date at all times. Where gaps are identified support and training will be mandatory.
    • We recognise that child protection issues can be emotive and the designated safeguarding lead will offer support to any member of staff affected by this policy, whether directly or indirectly.
    • Our schools fully recognise their responsibilities for child protection. We intend to create an environment in which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to.

Our fundamental responsibility is the welfare and well-being of the children in our care

In order to do this, we:

  • Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse, including procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff or volunteer.
  • Ensure we practice robust recruitment procedures in checking the suitability of staff/volunteers/students to work with children, this will include regular DBS checks.
  • Ensure all staff have read and understood the child protection policy and procedures.
  • Our designated safeguarding lead for child protection (Mr. Gavin. R. Simpson), ensures all staff are confident in their knowledge, role and responsibilities.
  • Ensure all staff have completed school based or online Child Protection training.
  • Ensure every staff member (including temporary/supply staff/students) know who the designated safeguarding lead is.
  • Ensure all staff understand all their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated child protection officer.
  • Involve parents/carers wherever possible and ensure they have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on all staff for safeguarding children by setting out its obligations in the policy and procedures.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with skills needed to keep themselves safe.
  • Ensure staff are positive role models to children and other members of the team.
  • Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with any enquires regarding child protection matters including attendance of case conferences.
  • Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately, using the CPOMS platform
  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop, particularly with their confidence and self-esteem and to provide opportunities to achieve in accordance with the Statutory Every Child Matters Framework which are Being Healthy, Staying Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Positive Contributions and Economic Well Being.
  • Support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.

The above guidance is not considered an exhaustive list. If staff have any concerns regarding the appropriateness of any practice/action they should contact the leaders and the designated child protection officer.

St. Mary’s RC First and St. Joseph’s RC Middle, recognises that because of the day to day contact with children, staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse.

Therefore, we will:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are trusted adults whom they can approach if they are worried.
  • Include opportunities in the curriculum to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
  • Use of Mobile Phones and Cameras
    • It is prohibited for any staff member to use their mobile phones to take pictures of the children attending St. Mary’s RC First and St. Joseph’s RC Middle.
    • Written consent will be gained by all parents/carers before any photographs are taken.
  • Confidentiality

    Child protection concerns are kept confidential and only shared with people on a “need to know” basis.

  • Parental Partnership

    Parents must notify the school regarding any concerns they may have about their child and any accidents, incidents or injuries affecting the child, which will be recorded.

Child Protection is about us all working together for the well-being of all children

  • Physical Abuse

    Any sign of a mark or an injury to a child will be discuss with the parent and recorded when they arrive, should there be any queries or concerns regarding the injury we will notify the Local Authority’s Initial Response Team.

  • Emotional Abuse

    If we feel that there is an extreme adverse effect of behaviour or emotional development, caused by severe ill-treated or rejection, we will discuss this with the parents and this will be recorded. Should the abuse be persistent or we have any queries or concerns, we will notify the Local Authority’s Initial Response Team.

  • Sexual Abuse

    If we witness occasions where a child may indicate sexual activity through words, play, drawing or inappropriate knowledge of adult sexual behaviour we will refer the matter to the Local Authority’s Initial Response Team.

  • Neglect
    • If we have good reason to suspect there has been persistent or wilful neglect of a child (i.e. exposure to any kind of danger, including cold and starvation) which results in serious impairment of the child’s health or development, including failure to thrive, we will discuss our concerns with the parent and record the outcome.
    • Should there be any queries or concerns, we will notify the Local Authority’s Initial Response Team.