Safeguarding at St Mary's
Mrs. McManus (Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mr. Jenkinson (Acting Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs. Robinson (Year 1 Teacher, SENCO & Designated Safeguard Lead)
Mrs. Chorley (Business Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs. Armstrong (Pastoral Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs. Pratt (Before and Afterschool Care Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm. We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn and also promote the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual pupil.
The school recognises its responsibilities and duties to report child protection concerns to the social services within Children’s Specialist Services and to assist Children’s Specialist Services in child protection enquiries and in supporting Children in Need. This policy is in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (updated December 2020) and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021.
The school will raise child protection concerns with parents/carers at the earliest appropriate opportunity, and work in partnership with them and other agencies to improve outcomes. The school will ensure that all staff are provided with the appropriate training in child protection issues, as recommended in the guidance. In particular designated members of staff will be released to attend the necessary enhanced training courses to enable them to carry out their role effectively.
All staff are required to read the safeguarding policy carefully and to be aware of their role in these processes. All new staff will have the opportunity to discuss safeguarding requirements and this policy during their induction process.
At St. Mary's Primary School, we are passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and visitors to share this commitment.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We have robust policies in place for ensuring the wellbeing of our children. These policies underpin our practice and values shared by every single member of staff in our school. Copies are available from the school office.
Any concerns about children are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Safeguarding Leads” in the school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
What to do if you are concerned about a child
Children and young people have the right to grow up safe from harm or abuse. If you are worried about a child or young person, please contact one of the designated leads above.