Safeguarding

 

Safeguarding Statement

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 S Moorhouse (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)                                  Mrs C Horton  (Assistant Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead  (DDSL)                                 Miss C Sherratt (Academy Manager)

                                                                        

Link Governor for  Safeguarding and Looked After Children            Mrs N Wise

 

We have the following Safeguarding measures in place:

Causes for Concern – all staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Safeguarding 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 Office Staff 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.

 

Safeguarding Policy - please refer to policies found under the Information tab on the home page

 

Click this link for the CEOP Button

 

The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.

The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. This is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces.

The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.

The CEOP Safety Centre

The Click CEOP button provides a gateway to the CEOP Safety Centre, an area of the CEOP website offering: 

  • advice on a range of online safety issues, such as hacking and cyberbullying;

  • signposting to NCA-CEOP partners offering help and support on issues outside of CEOP’s remit, such as ChildLine and BeatBullying;

  • reporting of suspected or known child sex offender activity directly to CEOP for investigation.

    Reporting to CEOP

CEOP operates a 24/7 service for the receipt of reports.

Reports can be made to CEOP by a young person or on their behalf by a parent/carer or professional working with these groups. Children under 11 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this either to CEOP or local police. 

All reports to CEOP are treated as reports of crime and as such anonymous reports cannot be accepted. 

 

Please follow the links for further information:                        

Childline

Prevent or Educate Against Hate

Stoke on Trent Safeguarding Childrens Board

Keeping Children Safe in Education

NSPCC

Ofsted online safety handout