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’. OFSTED identified the following during their 2017 inspection:
"Leaders ensure that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality... Systems and processes for safeguarding vulnerable pupils are effective. Staff know the pupils well and there is a clear process for all staff to communicate concerns... As a result, pupils are safe and well cared for." (OFSTED, 23rd March 2017)
- I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Miss Janet Hoy is the Deputy Designated Lead and the Looked After Children Designated Lead.
- Mrs Karen Munro, our Chair of Governors, is the Link governor for safeguarding
- I have attended the Designated Safeguarding Lead Level 3 training as have Miss Hoy, Mrs Hull and Mrs Allan.
- I have also attended Prevent (WRAP) training and completed online training on Child Sexual Expoitation (CSE).
- All staff receive comprehensive Level 2 training annually which includes Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) training, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) training, Sexual Violence and Harassment, Peer on Peer abuse and Prevent (WRAP) training – they are well trained in identifying any safeguarding concerns.
- New staff joining the school are given safeguarding training.
- Many of our governors have undertaken Safeguarding training and are well trained in identifying any safeguarding concerns.
- Parent volunteers have also been given safeguarding training.
- I attend 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 policies are on our website and a paper copies are available in the school office.
- 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 2018) document.
- All key documents such as Working Together (DfE, March 2018) and the SET Procedures (Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board, August 2018 are also available.
How our school helps our children to feel safe and keep themselves safe:
- By always having safeguarding as our highest priority.
- Through rigorous and ongoing monitoring by staff, governors and external consultants of our safeguarding systems and procedures.
- We provide excellent care for any child needing additional support.
- 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.
- We review and maintain our school site to ensure it is a safe environment.
- All recruitment is carried out strictly in accordance with our Recruitment Policy (Essex County Council model policy).
- Regular and up-to-date staff training is given so that our staff report any concerns immediately to the headteacher or deputy headteacher.
- We ensure 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.
- We have structured E-safety teaching through our curriculum and had a whole day session with the "2 John's" in November 2018 with workshops for children, staff and parents.
- We provide workshops led by external visitors such as Show Racism the Red Card (April 2016) and ‘Never touched him’ (October 2015)
- Regular visits from the police, railway and fire service to talk to the children.
- There is a Worry Box in each classroom for children to put any concerns in.
- We conduct pupil and parent questionnaires which are extremely positive. In November 2018 96% of our parents agreed that their child was safe and well looked after at TSM. Any concerns are always followed up.
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.