At St Mary's the safeguarding of children is our highest priority. All staff are aware of their responsibility to safeguard all pupils and we provide regular training in all areas of safeguarding. These areas include:
- The different types of abuse
- The possible indicators of abuse/how to spot it
- What to do if a child wants to talk to you
- Anti-bullying and E-safety
- County Lines
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Trafficking
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage
- First Aid
- PREVENT: Radicalisation and Extremism
- Safe Internet Use
This enables staff to:
- provide a safe environment in which children can learn,
- identify children who are vulnerable and may be or are at risk,
- raise concerns about a child’s welfare using the appropriate reporting procedures, both at school and Local Authority level.
At St Mary's we will always endeavour to work with parents to ensure our partnership keeps children safe. Naturally, we recognise that parents are the primary carers of their children and that they have a vital role to play in keeping them safe. Where possible, we always invite parents in to have face-to-face conversations if we feel that the safety of their child is at risk. We may also communicate with them via telephone, email, text or by letter to ensure that we are communicating effectively.
The school works collaboratively with the Local authority safeguarding partnership board and multiple agencies to promote the welfare of our pupils, ensuring the child's needs and welfare are at the center of support and help provided.
Ms Hannah Breeze is our governor for safeguarding.