St James

Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Designated Staff are:

Deputy Head Teacher - Mr S Booth (DSL)
Pastoral Lead - Mrs C Horridge-Baron (DDSL)
Safeguarding Link Governor - Mrs Julia Lees

Safeguarding Statement

St James’ CofE Primary School is committed to its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, protecting them from harm and respond to child abuse all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

In this statement we would like to share with you school policies and practices with regards to ensuring that children are taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices.  School Policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers.

Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at St James’ CofE Primary School strive to:

- Work in close partnership with parents to support children in every way possible
- Identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate
- Work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children
- Be good role models for children
- Enjoy work and working with children
- Welcome and support visitors in school
- Recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
- Work within the agreed policies of the school
- Promote a calm, caring and safe school
- Encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
- Create and maintain a safe learning environment for our children
- Develop our children’s understanding of how to keep themselves safe
- Create an environment of trust
- Challenge and support children in their learning

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures (2020).

Parents, carers and visitors are welcome to read the policies on request or they can be viewed in the ‘policies’ section by following this link.

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. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.

All adults are also expected to read the DfE booklet: Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020). (please see link below).

Everyone employed at St James’ CofE Primary has a responsibility in terms of child protection and we understand that every child has the right to feel safe and protected at all times and in any situation. We accept that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and extended activities.

We hope that both parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see school as a safe place to discuss any difficulties.

All staff have child protection training and all adults who work with children in school have had an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. School has designated staff for child protection/safeguarding who receive regular and additional training and a nominated governor.

Parents and carers send their children to this school each day with the expectation that we will provide a secure environment in which their children can flourish. The school therefore will aim to ensure that this expectation becomes reality.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda (see link below) to counter radicalism and extremism.

Your help in supporting our safeguarding work is appreciated by the school and most importantly by the children in our care.  The systems contribute to partnership working between all those involved with providing services for children which includes our community police officer, school nurse and social care.

Green ‘concern’ forms are available from each class teacher and also kept in the school office or details can be recorded on CPOMS. If possible please complete the CPOM or form and pass it to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Designated Staff. If the form is not available ensure that the full details are recorded including date, time, child’s name, your name and a factual account of what was said or observed. We ask that you do NOT conduct your own investigation and keep all concerns or information confidential.

Everyone in the school community has a responsibility to act on any concerns that they have about a child’s wellbeing. If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concerns, and any observations or conversation heard, and report this as soon as possible the same day.

The local authority requires staff to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse. This includes non-accidental injury, physical neglect and emotional or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and we take the attitude that it is better to be safe than to be sorry where there are grounds for suspicion. This does mean that this may sometimes upset parents by reporting cases which may on further investigation prove unfounded. It is hoped that parents appreciate school will always act in what they believe to be the interests of the child.

If children are going home with another parent (for example for tea) we ask for written consent, if a child is going home with an unfamiliar adult we ask for written consent. We will always question and challenge anyone who is unknown to us. If you have not followed procedure and told us about changes to the home time routine of your child we will refuse to allow your child to leave the premises until we have spoken with you. We make no apology that this can be inconvenient for parents. Please help us to keep your child and others safe by following our start and end of day procedures and communicating any changes at all times to the school office and/or class teacher.

Around school you will see many of our safeguarding procedures in action. These include signs, visitors (including parents, staff and governors) must sign in and out. The front door is coded and termly unannounced fire and lockdown drills take place. We ask that you do not attempt to speak to staff during this busy time so we can ensure children leave the premises safely accompanied by known adults. This is especially vital during the autumn term when staff are becoming familiar with new parents and family members. Appointments / messages can be arranged through the front office staff.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupils at this school and as a result make the best progress possible. The health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern.

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