‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:- protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.’ (KCSIE)
At St Francis RC Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority and we all have a shared responsibilty. The Designated Safeguarding Leads in school are Mrs Louise Frize and Mrs Liz McGowan. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
· St Francis RC Primary School aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’ and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well being of children, young people and staff.
· The school is committed to supporting the delivery of effective early help through multi-agency working, a consistent application of the thresholds and the use of a single agency assessment. The Manchester Common Assessment Framework is embedded into everyday practice and procedures when responding to children’s needs and signposts children and families to appropriate preventative services. The children have access to appropriate curriculum opportunities, including emotional health and well being, to support the development of the skills needed to help them stay safe and healthy, develop their self-esteem and understand the responsibilities of adult life, particularly in regard to child care and parenting skills
· Access to cross-curricular activities will provide opportunities to develop self esteem and self-motivation and to help pupils respect the
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains our first and overarching priority.
- 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 Louise Frize (Headteacher) or Mrs Liz McGowan(Deputy Head Teacher)
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- 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.
- Outside School- ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
We have a duty to ensure that we safeguard children across wide and varied aspects of children and families needs. These are set out in the government publication; Keeping Children Safe in Education which is attached to our policy. the areas that this covers are;
- physical Abuse
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse
Plus the Specific Safeguarding Issues of:
- child missing from education CME
- child missing from home or care
- child sexual exploitation (CSE) – and see page 14
- bullying including cyberbullying
- domestic violence
- fabricated or induced illness
- faith abuse
- female genital mutilation (FGM)
- forced marriage
- gangs and youth violence
- gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- mental health
- private fostering
- preventing radicalisation
- teenage relationship abuse
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one senior member of staff and a Governor are qualified in Safer Recruitment Procedures and oversees all recruitment processes.
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff training is delivered via a variety of means: face to face in and out of school training (including the Local Safeguarding Children's Board specialist courses), online refreshers and information raising, document sharing and on-going professional dialogues during staff meetings.
Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children and their concerns are discussed and handled appropriately. All staff are aware of the importance of 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.
Please inform us of any changes to this information as soon as possible.
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, which are included as part of our policy below.
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 School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. A copy is detailed on our Policies page. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
If you have a safeguarding concern or if you would simply like more information about safeguarding, then please speak to Mrs Louise Frize or Mrs Liz McGowan.