St Mary’s Catholic School’s safeguarding policy aims to provide clear direction to staff and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with safeguarding issues. The policy also aims to make explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures. The purpose of the policy is, therefore, to ensure that Safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child’s wellbeing.
Our School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its students. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse, including those students with SEND. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our students.
It is in line with HM Government’s guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (July 2018) and the DfE’s statutory guidance for schools and colleges “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2020), both of which are available to all staff on the T Drive in the Safeguarding folder.
Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child. Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
‘Everyone working in or for our school shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
- providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and develop in our school setting;
- identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in our school setting’.
This policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the school.
The policy can be read in full below: