St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery has a commitment to safeguarding, and the welfare and wellbeing of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:
- Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.
This is best achieved when we all work Together towards Success.
We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.
Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request or visit our website. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Academy committee if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance: Keeping children safe in education guidance (https://consult.education.gov.uk/safeguarding-in-schools-team/keeping-children-safe-in-education/supporting_documents/Keeping%20Children%20Safe%20in%20Education%20Proposed%20Revisions.pdf)
It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/729914/Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children-2018.pdf) and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners.
Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent. More information is available HERE
Read our School Safeguarding Policy HERE
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Contact the NSPCC if you want to discuss your concerns and get advice.
Childline (for children and young people)
Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
The ChildLine number won’t show up on your phone bill if you call from a landline or from most mobile networks.
For advice and guidance please visit our E-Safety page
Advice and information about reporting child abuse can be found HERE
Slough MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
If you have any concerns that a child or an unborn baby might be being harmed you can contact Slough’s safeguarding team directly. All calls are taken seriously and will be treated in confidence.
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