TRINITY ST MARY’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
SAFEGUARDING AT OUR SCHOOL
Trinity St Mary’s C of E Primary School is committed to equal opportunities and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
As headteacher, I am proud of the safeguarding systems and procedures that we have at our school. Safeguarding is the most important aspect of our school life and has the highest priority, no matter what is being undertaken. We ‘leave no stone unturned’. When our safeguarding procedures were reviewed last term (Summer 2016) our Schools Excellence Commissioner commented how rigorous and robust our systems are.
The following details gives some information about our safeguarding systems and procedures.
- I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Looked After Children Designated Lead
- Miss Janet Hoy is the Deputy Designated Lead
- Mrs Karen Munro, our Chair of Governors, is the Link governor for safeguarding
- Both myself and Miss Hoy have taken the Designated Safeguarding Lead level 3 training and refresher training every two years
- I am the Child Sexual Exploitation Champion for our school and have undertaken a range of associate safeguarding training including Prevent
- All staff receive comprehensive level 2 training from myself at the start of every school year and this includes Child Sexual Exploitation training, Female Genital Mutilation training and Prevent training – they are well trained in identifying any safeguarding concerns
- New staff joining the school are given safeguarding training by myself
- Most of our governors have undertaken Safeguarding training - – they are well trained in identifying any safeguarding concerns
- Parent volunteers and our Parent Forum Group have also been given safeguarding training
- I always attend the termly Safeguarding Network Group meetings
- All staff know that they have a duty to report any concerns, about a child or an adult, and who to report them to at school. They are also fully aware of how to make referrals themselves and how to access advice and guidance
- Our Child Protection Policy and other related safeguarding policies are on our website and a paper copy is always available in the school office. It follows the Essex County Council model policy
- All staff have been given and have signed to say that they have read the first part of Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2016)
- All key documents such as Working Together (DfE, March 2015) and the SET Procedures (Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board, August 2015) are available in my office
I am so pleased to be able to say that ALL our children and their parents say that they feel safe at school.
How our school helps our children to feel safe and keep themselves safe:
- By always having safeguarding as our highest priority – it is the first item on all meetings’ agendas, whether they are internal school meetings, governor meetings or Parent Forum Group meetings
- Rigorous and ongoing monitoring by staff, governors and external consultants of our safeguarding systems and procedures. The result of our safeguarding audit recently by our Standards and Excellence Commissioner from Essex County Council was extremely positive – ‘the safeguarding practices in your school are very robust’
- Care for any children needing additional support is extremely thorough and individual to the child’s needs
- We have a very strong relationship with and work very closely with external agencies/services such as Specialist Teachers, the school nurse and Social Services to ensure that our children’s individual needs are fully met
- Maintenance of a safe and secure school site
- All recruitment carried out strictly in accordance with our Recruitment Policy (Essex County Council model policy)
- Regular and up-to-date staff training so that our staff report any concerns immediately to the headteacher or deputy headteacher
- Ensuring that our children always know that they can talk about their concerns/worries – we are a listening school and our children always say that they have someone they can talk to
- Structured E-safety training and our Friendship Week in the Autumn term for our children and focus days such as Internet Safety Day (Feb 2016) and Stay Safe Day (May 2016)
- Workshops led by external visitors such as Show Racism the Red Card (April 2016) and ‘Never touched him’ (October 2015)
- Visits from the police, railway and fire service to talk to the children
- Crucial Crew for Year 6
- Worry Box in each classroom for children to put any concerns in
- Yearly pupil and parent questionnaires which are extremely positive. Any concerns are always followed up
- We are holding an E-Safety Workshop for our parents in the Autumn term
With safeguarding as our highest priority and as a listening school we always welcome any new opportunities or experiences that we can undertake which will support the safeguarding of our children. There are many things that we do within our curriculum and/or as additional learning events that promote a culture of safeguarding at our school. We consider this ongoing, consistent and constant approach to safeguarding to be a real strength of our school as it rightly should be.