At St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School we take safeguarding very seriously and therefore we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all our children. We expect all of our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All of our staff are trained to at least Safeguarding Children Level 1, through Stoke on Trent Safeguarding Children Board. Staff receive Prevent training as the school supports the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with the parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs P Bekalo (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs S Moorhouse (Deputy Headteacher)
Link Local Academy Representative for Ms. V Gerrard
Safeguarding and Looked After Children
We have the following Safeguarding measures in place:
Causes for Concern – all staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Child Protection Lead using a written pro forma. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. All concerns are recorded and kept securely and confidentially. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset, persistent lateness/non-attendance to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
Attendance –Reasons will be sought for all absences and lateness. Attendance and lateness is monitored by the Learning Mentor and any concerns will be referred to the DCPO. First day calls are made between 9.30 am and 10 am by the Learning Mentor and any concerns may be referred to Attend EDC (EWO) who may be asked to make a visit to the home. Records are kept of phone calls and visits. Parents/Carers will always be informed of any concerns around attendance at the earliest point. The school may refer attendance concerns to the Education Welfare Service/ Attend EDC.
Family Support – Families can be supported through an ‘Early Help’ programme which enables them to access a range of support from a variety of agencies other than school. This is used as a means of support and will be considered when a number of agencies are required to better safeguard the interests of the child. We work closely with Father Hudson's Care Family Support Service to offer greater support to families in need.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – FGM is carried out in some cultures, it is illegal in this country. Under the FGM Act 2013 and the Serious Crimes Act 2015 the school has a duty of care to all our children to protect them from this practice. If we are concerned that an extended holiday may be used for FGM, we will ask for a meeting with the parents/carers and, if necessary, we will refer to the relevant authority as this is a serious child protection issue.
Please follow the links for further information:
Safeguarding Policy - please refer to policies found under the Information tab on the home page
Ofsted Online safety webinar - 31 January 2018.
You may be interested to know the recording of the session is now available and can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwezxYyq3Ss