St Brigid’s Parent Friendly Safeguarding Policy
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This policy reflects the values and aims of St. Brigid’s R.C. Primary School in relation to safeguarding. At St. Brigid’s, we are dedicated to ensuring that all pupils remain safe and free from harm. We are committed to playing a full and active part in the multi-agency response to child protection concerns. Additionally, the school has a legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to have a child protection policy.
Through their day to day contact with pupils, and direct work with families, school staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect. Parents should be aware therefore that where it appears to a member of staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required, as part of the local child protection procedures to report their concern to Social Care immediately. To avoid any misunderstandings therefore, parents of children who sustain accidental injuries, which result in cuts/bruises/fractures, should inform the school without delay.
Principles in practice
In order to ensure children are effectively protected we ensure that:
We have a Senior Designated Person and four deputy Designated Persons with responsibility for safeguarding and child protection who together are the school’s safeguarding team. They attend Designated Safeguarding Lead Training at least once every two years and local network meetings. These are Mrs. J. Miles, Mrs Sinclair, Mrs Davies, Mrs Grimshaw and Mr Howard.
School will inform parents of any concerns about their children (providing it does not compromise the pupil’s safety) and will help support them as necessary.
School will take positive action to prevent children suffering abuse and neglect through the development of an open culture that informs children of their rights and encourages them to speak about any concerns. The school will also address the issue of children’s safety through the curriculum.
Responding to Concerns
School will refer all allegations or concerns that a child has been or is likely to be abused or neglected to Social Care within the Children’s Services Department. School will consult with other agencies when it has concerns that a child may have been abused or neglected. School will discuss with parents any concerns they have about children. Parents will be kept informed of what has happened.
Physical and emotional abuse of children by other children will be dealt with through the school’s anti-bullying policy. Parents will be kept informed.
Child Protection Conferences
School will attend conferences and provide information about children and families. School will keep confidential child protection records separately from a pupil’s academic and other school records.
Information from parents about possible child abuse cannot be kept confidential. Information and records about children on the Child Protection Register will be given only to those people who need it and will be kept strictly confidential by them.
A Full copy of the schools Safeguarding policy is above