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Safeguarding and Child Protection

St Mary's CE Primary School, West Derby ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships, how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.

 

The School also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

 

The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family’

 

 

When visiting St Mary's, you will be agreeing to the following statement:

 

‘Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. We would expect you to also report to the Headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead any behaviours of any adults working in the school that may concern you. By entering our visitors book you are agreeing to follow the school’s safeguarding advice to visitors and where appropriate the code of conduct for staff and volunteers.’

 

Roles and responsibilities:

  • The Head Teacher is:  Mr MJ Hargreaves
  • The Chair of Governors is:  Mr A Grocott
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is:  Mrs J Armstrong
  • Those trained to provide cover for the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead are:
  • Mrs J Railton (DDSL) Mr MJ Hargreaves (HT),
  • The St Mary's Safeguarding Team are: Mr MJ Hargreaves, Mrs J Armstrong, Mrs J Railton, Mrs D Wright, Mrs J Driscoll and Mr A Grocott.
  • The nominated Safeguarding / Child Protection Governor is: Mr A Grocott

 

The school meets the statutory responsibilities set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).  All members of staff have read, understood and had their knowledge of this document tested.