Safeguarding at St. Mary's
St. Mary's C of E. (Aided) Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers 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. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.
Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Acting Headteacher: Mrs Sam Copus
Class Teacher: Mr Luke Rogers
Class Teacher: Miss Hannah Turner
Class Teacher: Miss Mollie Wilkins
Named Governor for Child Protection:
Mrs Vicky Russell
MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub): 01403 229900
Local Authority Safeguarding Officer: Lindsey Tunbridge-Adams 0330 2223339
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Colin Perkins 01273 425792
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at St. Mary's, please do not hesitate to contact any of these members of staff. Please ask at the school reception desk if you would like to see them. They all know who to contact for the best advice and help and they are all experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:
Cause for Concern
Teachers are asked to report any cause for concern to the School Safeguarding Team often verbally first, but followed up in writing – following school policy and protocol. All staff receive child protection training when they begin at St. Mary's. Refresher training is carried out every year, or sooner if required. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
We are taking part in Operation Encompass. You can find out more about this initiative here.
All lateness and absences are recorded. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer. There will be no authorised ‘Leave From School’, only in exceptional circumstances.
We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond. We believe that children should adhere to the certification given to games, DVDs etc. All of the games and DVDs used at school will be rated as U. Parental permission is sought for the use of any other material (such as appropriate clips from PG films in upper KS2)
Facebook/Social media sites
Children of primary school age are not entitled to use social media sites such as Facebook. Children will not be using social media sites during school hours. We also ask parent/carers not to name school, staff or other children on any form of social media, or share photographs of any school events.