Travis St Lawrence CE primary School takes safeguarding very seriously. We believe in supporting all aspects of children’s development and learning and keeping them safe.
All staff work to ensure that:
- Children feel listened to, valued, respected and safe
- Staff are aware of indicators of abuse and know how to share their concerns appropriately
- All staff paid and unpaid are subject to rigorous recruitment checks
- All staff paid and unpaid are given appropriate support and training
PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE:
In order to ensure children are effectively protected we ensure that:
- We have a Designated Child Protection Senior leader and two Deputy Designated Child Protection Senior Leaders who attend multi-agency training at least once every two years and termly update meetings.
- All staff are trained in basic child protection awareness at least every three years.
- There is a weekly care slot in staff meetings at all levels to discuss safeguarding matters.
- All staff have read and understand the safeguarding policy and are aware of the indicators of child abuse and how to respond to concerns or disclosures of abuse or neglect by children.
- A family friendly child protection leaflet is provided for all children and their families.
- The safeguarding policy is accessible on the school website.
- The safeguarding policy is reviewed by the governing body annually.
- The governors MRDG Safeguarding group oversee all matters pertaining to safeguarding policy and practice in schools and report regularly on their finding to the full governing body.
Child Protection and Safeguarding Advice for Parents and Visitors
We all have a statutory duty to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children.’
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with the Child Safeguarding Designated Lead Carolyn Buckley or the Deputy Safeguarding Designated Lead; Alison Hornshaw or Danielle Jenkinson, as soon as possible.
Please do not worry that you are reporting small matters – we would rather that you tell us things which turn out to be nothing than miss a worrying situation.
Some issues e.g. a child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour, can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in school.
However, if you think the matter is serious and may be related to a child protection concern, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must speak to the Designated Senior Member of Staff.
If you are unable to contact them, you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about an urgent matter. If they are on the other site, inform the office that you need to speak with them on an urgent and confidential matter and a call will be put through to request their presence immediately.
In the very unlikely event that none of the named people above are available or your concern is a result of something you have witnessed or heard outside of school hours, contact the Local Authority Designated Officer or the Duty and Assessment Team on 01302 737636.