Safeguarding children and young people is central to everything we do at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy.
This section of the school’s website gives an overview of the policies, partnerships, programmes and mechanisms that are in place to safeguard the children and young people who attend St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy.
The full suite of current and ratified Safeguarding policies are available to interested parties on request. However, the key policies are freely available to all, and are clearly signposted, as appropriate, on this website.
At St Teresa’s, we fully recognise our responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. It is difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. That is why we do everything within our power to:
- protect children from maltreatment.
- prevent impairment of children’s health or development.
- ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- take action to enable all children and young people to secure the best outcomes.
The action we take at our school to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play and we recognise this and take our duty very seriously. We ensure that we operate a child-centred safeguarding system. We recognise that; children want to be respected, have their views heard, have stable relationships with their teachers built on trust, and have consistent support for their individual needs.
Our school recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended academy activities.
All members of the academy community (including volunteers and governors) will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through training, all staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm.
Training of all staff will be updated regularly. The academy will ensure that it provides written referrals on the correct form (MARF) and recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of one of our children.
Staff Recruitment In line with the guidance ‘Safer Recruitment’ the Principal , members of SLT and some Governors have completed Safer Recruitment training.
All staff including volunteers have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing work. Details of all checks are held in a central record. Staff will be inducted into the academy and training will be given with regard to child protection.
Designated Lead in school
The Designated Child Protection Lead is Mr Pitcher (Principal) our Deputy Designated Lead is Mrs Picken (Assistant Principal)
Our designated members of staff are fully trained and receive updated training on a regular basis, including additional training around specific safeguarding issues.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead ensures all confidential records are kept securely. It is the responsibility of the designated member of staff to have discussions with Social Care when concerns arise regarding the safety of a student in this college. All such students are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise these are always passed on to the appropriate agencies. The Designated Lead ensures that all staff are trained with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection.
Our academy has a designated safeguarding Governor, Chris Marandola, who will act as the link person between the Governing body and the Designated Leads. The Governor will review safeguarding procedures/practices including access to training through termly meetings with the Designated Person.
The Governors will ensure that sufficient time is given to carry out the duties including accessing training. Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the procedures set out in Policy will be followed.
Children with an Education Health Care Plan of Special Educational Needs
We recognise that statistically children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. All staff who support these students will be aware of the need for vigilance for signs of abuse.
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy believes in working closely with parents. There is an open-door policy so that parents can feel able to visit at any time to discuss concerns.
Our School is fully signed up to the Safeguarding of Children. The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is in place and can be found on the website, as can all other statutory policies e.g. Special Educational Needs, Behaviour, Attendance etc.