St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs).
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
Keeping Children Safe
At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Primary School the welfare of our children is our main priority.
In this leaflet we aim to provide you with all the information you need to help you understand our role when it comes to keeping your child safe.
We take safeguarding very seriously at St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary school, therefore we have a number of policies in relation to safeguarding such as the child protection act. All staff have been trained in level 1 safeguarding, however some have received more advanced training such as our safeguarding team.
- Take a child centred approach
- Look out for signs of a safeguarding issue.
- We teach our pupils about staying safe and introduce lessons on bullying, healthy eating, internet safety and road safety so that the children are aware of how to keep themselves safe.
- Work with carers, parents and children to resolve concerns brought to our attention.
Types of abuse to look out for
PHYSICAL– Deliberately harming or injuring a child with intent- hitting, biting, punching, nipping and blows to the body .
SEXUAL-- The forceful act of making a child engage in sexual activity/ influence them This is physical and non physical.
NEGLECT– When the child's overall well being is being ignored by parents or carers. Examples are poor hygiene, malnutrition, absences from school, being left in isolation and even disregarding appointments.
EMOTIONAL– A child can be mentally effected by being made to feel unloved, scared and unworthy. This can be caused by children being exposed to violent situations such as parents fighting or even something appearing threatening to the child such as shouting, swearing, bullying and threats.
Our Safeguarding Team
Mr Merrick Executive Head of Federation
Mr Denny: Head of School
Miss Robinson: KS2 Lead
Mrs Chandler: KS1 Lead
Mrs Nixon EYFS Lead