Safeguarding Children and Adults
This is adapted from the school’s Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Policy
St Thomas More Catholic School recognises its legal duty to safeguard and protect pupils from abuse as defined in the Children Act 2004 and section 175 of the Education Act 2002. The overall intention and purpose behind the school’s safeguarding policy is underpinned by the fundamental principle of the 1989 Children Act:
‘the welfare of the child is the paramount concern’
Our school takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all children. We recognise that effective child protection requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
What Is Safeguarding?
*From the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children Document’*
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in school refers to the process of protecting children from abuse and neglect as well as helping children to develop socially and emotionally and enabling these children to have optimum life chances ready to enter adulthood successfully.
Derbyshire County Council Safeguarding
The Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) is a multi agency forum which ensures that children and young people throughout Derbyshire are kept safe and have their needs met.
Key Personnel in Child Protection and Safeguarding
Safeguarding is led and promoted by the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher and the Business Manager:
Aoife Galletly (Deputy Head/Designated Safeguarding Lead) - 01298 23167
for issues re. pupils
David Redfern (Headteacher/Safeguarding Lead) - 01298 23167
for issues re. staff (and pupils)
Sue Waldron (Business Manager) - 01298 23167
for issues re. site or premises
Jill Duncan (SENCo/Safeguarding Lead) - 01298 23167
Concerns about a staff member or volunteer, should be reported to the Head Teacher. If the concern is about the Head Teacher, it should be reported to:
- Mrs Ann King (Chair of Governors)
When recruiting new members of staff the school follows the guidance provided in the Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment in Education. The school ensures that CRB checks are undertaken, that references are taken up and obtained and that qualifications are verified.
The school ensures that:
Visitors must only enter through the main entrance and must sign in at the office window. They will be given a visitor’s badge on entry. When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our school they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place. They will be given a copy of our school’s safeguarding leaflet which provides a brief summary of the procedure and identifies key personnel. They will also be made aware of the safeguarding policy.
The safeguarding practice of the school is monitored by the Local Governing Board which meets 6 times a year and is informed of issues related to safeguarding, particularly those related to child protection.