Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families, and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
To ensure we fulfil this responsibility at St Peter’s, all professionals are trained to ensure their approach is child-centred; what is in the best interest of the child at all times. No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns and the sharing of information, on a 'need to know' basis. The safeguarding team will ensure the information is collated and dealt with appropriately.
The following members of staff have key responsibilities for safeguarding and are trained as Designated Safeguading Leads:
Mrs Anni Matthew – Assistant Head Teacher email@example.com
Mrs Jose Cox – Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection Prevent Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Nicky O’Connell – Safeguarding Officer
From 20th March 2020, parents were asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible. St Peter’s School will be operating in a very different manner, but a number of safeguarding principles will remain the same:
- the best interests of children must always continue to come first
- if anyone in a school or college has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act, and act immediately
- a DSL or deputy should be available
- it is essential that unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children
- children should continue to be protected when they are online
Online safety away from school
During these unprecedented times, children may be spending more time online, whether that is accessing school work, talking to their friends or playing online games. We want parents to have access to the necessary support, so that you can ensure that your children are safe online. The Department for Education has published the following list of recognised support groups that you can access:
If children have any concerns whilst online, the following sites can also be accessed:
Of course, students can also report back to school, and can contact either the Safeguarding team or the ICT department who will be able to offer advice.
Some parents may have also chosen to supplement their child’s learning with online companies and tutors. If you have done this, please can we ask you to ensure that the support comes from a reputable company who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
The government has recognised that the current COVID-19 crisis may impact on everybody’s mental health and wellbeing as we adapt to a very different way of life. Last night the government released the following guidance which gives some practical tips for coping in the current climate.
Parents can also refer to the list of Health and Wellbeing Support Directory if they feel they need any further help. (See the downloads on the left hand side of the page).
We would like to make you aware of the Government website “Educate Against Hate” (https://educateagainsthate.com) This website offers practical advice about protecting children from radicalisation and extremism and is based on resources and guidance drawn up by the government and charities including the NSPCC and Childnet.
The DfE has set up a telephone helpline (0207 340 7264) and an email address (email@example.com) to enable people to raise concerns directly with the DfE
For information on our school policies please see here.