As a school, we are committed to child protection and safeguarding. This page provides information of our Child Protection policies and makes clear all the procedures that we follow. We are continually updating our policies so please check for updates.
Our safeguarding approach
SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. We endeavour to provide a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promote a climate where children feel confident sharing concerns about their own safety or the well-being of others.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
(Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 page 4)
At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we:
- Support all pupils who may have been or are at risk of abuse
- Establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel safe and secure
- All staff and governors are trained and fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils
- Child Protection concerns are dealt with sensitively following policies and procedures in place
- Work with the TWSP to consider local context and the priorities of early help, domestic abuse, neglect, exploitation, child-on-child abuse and getting the right help at the right time
- Work together with parents to identify any other issues which impact children feeling safe, including covid19 and topical issues such as fuel poverty
- Involve our Shield Children (Children’s Safeguarding Board) in being proactive in responding to the concerns of children and topical issues which concern children with regards to staying safe both in school and in the wider community.
- Have a commitment to providing support and education for children experience child-on-child abuse.
We aim to support children and families to reduce risk and vulnerabilities ensuring that we can offer early help as soon as the need is identified.
Safeguarding in our school involves all staff, governors, parents and pupils. Staff and governors are committed to undergoing annual safeguarding training and are aware of the correct policies and procedures to follow when concerns arise. Pupils are taught safeguarding context through PSHE lessons and also though assemblies and workshops delivered by outside agencies. Here, pupils learn the skills to equip them to stay safe and know how to respond to personal concerns. We aim to maintain positive relationships with parents and carers wherever possible and we will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. More information is available in our Safeguarding Curriculum documents and Safeguarding Curriculum Overview, we regularly review this curriculum offer to ensure that it meets the needs of our children.
At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we:
- Creating a culture of safer recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children
- Educating pupils on how to keep safe and to recognise behaviour that is unacceptable especially in relation to child-on-child abuse
- Identifying and making provision for any pupil that has been subject to abuse
- Ensuring that members of the governing body, the Headteacher and staff members understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, and are alert to the signs of child abuse and know to refer concerns to the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
- Ensuring that the Headteacher and any new staff members and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed
- Work together with outside agencies including TWSP to seek advice and ensure that children are protected, and policies are followed
- Work with parents work with parents to ensure that our students are kept safe. Naturally, we recognise that parents are the primary carers of their children and that they have a vital role to play in keeping them safe. Where possible, we always invite parents in to have face-to-face conversations if we feel that the safety of their child is at risk.
- Support families through the Early Help Process as well as families on a Child In Need or Child Protection Plan and those children who are in Social Care.
We endeavour to ensure that we support all pupils who may be or are at risk of abuse of any form. Together with the Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead) our Deputy Safeguarding Leads monitors safeguarding concerns across the school. Staff and governors help to maintain a safe ethos within school and are aware of the correct procedures to follow in case of concerns arising. We intend the impact of Safeguarding within our school will ensure that our pupils have the skills to help them to face their problems by sharing these with a chosen member of staff or appropriate service.
Our Shield Children form an active part in school life, they lead assemblies, talk to children, and conduct surveys. They feedback any issues or concerns they have to the staff member responsible for working with them and together we put any necessary actions into place.
We engage with our parents through parents’ consultations, news/fact sheets, workshops and through parent questionnaires. We encourage our parents to talk about any concerns they have at the earliest opportunity with staff members, SENCO or Headteacher.
We, as a school, ensure the Supervision of our DSLs to ensure that we: identify any lessons learnt, have robust systems in place to challenge where necessary timelines and are engaging with other agency support.
Our Lead DSL and Safeguarding Governor complete the annual 157/175 Safeguarding Audit which is reviewed by the Local Authority.
Safeguarding and the Curriculum
At the heart of all we do at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School is to teach children how to stay safe and promote the fundamental British Values. Great significance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE curriculum ‘10:10 Life to the Full’ covers most areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands to a different degree, however some go into more detail. Additionally, we use other materials and workshops including the NSPCC and Loudmouth for some more specialist information. We ensure that we employ a sensitive approach in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age-appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
For more information see our full Safeguarding in the curriculum statement
An overview of our Safeguarding curriculum
Child Protection Policies and Procedures
ONLINE SAFETY AT HOME
These are sites parents may find very useful if you have any concerns, queries or need tips regarding children’s online safety.
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
OUR CHILDREN’S SAFEGUARDING BOARD: THE SHIELD CHILDREN
We take children’s behaviour and safety utterly seriously. We have established our Children’s Safeguarding Board, who call themselves the Shield Children. Their rationale:
‘We have researched other Children’s Safeguarding Board’s and found they have different names. As a result, we have come up with a name for our Board which is ‘Shield Children’. This idea came from children holding shields protecting from things that might be mean.
Also we have decided on a Motto. It took a lot of discussion and inspiration but at last we came up with, ‘Safety is the key between you and me’. The idea is that the keys are from our school logo which are the keys that Jesus gave to Saint Peter (the keys to heaven).’
We take seriously our duties to assist parents and help them with on line safeguarding resources. Parents, please note the web page Parent Info which a comprehensive, free resource for schools and parents is covering a range of safeguarding topics and information about apps and when they are updated etc. The content is updated by CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) and can be found at http://parentinfo.org/