Safeguarding and Child Protection
This is adapted from the school's Child protection and safeguarding policy
At St Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy we recognise the responsibility we have under Section 175/157 of the Education and Inspections Act 2002, to have arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The Governing Body approve the S175/157 return to the LA on a yearly basis. This policy demonstrates the schools commitment and compliance with safeguarding legislation.
In our school we believe that the welfare of every child is paramount and we take safeguarding very seriously. Therefore, should staff have any concerns they feel are of safeguarding nature, they are expected to report, record and take the necessary steps to ensure that the child is safe and protected and that key staff in school are aware promptly of any such concerns. We are aware that this can lead to challenge from parents/carers, but at all times we collectively work to ensure that the child is at the heart of all our decisions and that we act in their best interests. As part of our commitment to and compliance with safeguarding legislation and guidance; we also refer to:
- Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2015
- Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (April 2017)
- Guidance for safer working practise for staff working in education settings (Oct 2015)
- Preventing and tackling bullying advice
- Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges
- Keeping children Safe in Education 2018
Safeguarding at St Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy
Safeguarding is led and promoted by our Head of School, Assistant Head and Chair of Governors. For matters regarding safeguarding please email or phone 01298 23589. A message shall be passed on immediately to our Safeguarding leader or in their absence our deputy.
Safeguarding Lead - Head of School - Mrs Julia Wiggins
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Assistant Head- Mrs Stacey Carr
S.E.N.D Lead -Miss Laura Foley
Safeguarding Governor- Mrs Lorraine Gavin
Concerns or allegations about a member of staff or volunteer should be shared with with the Head Teacher. If the concern is about the Head Teacher, it should be reported to our Chair of Governors Mrs Lorraine Gavin.
Roles and Responsibilities
The school will ensure that every member of staff and person working on behalf of the school:
- Knows the name of the DSL and any deputies, understands his/her role and responsibilities, and how to contact them.
- Understands they have an individual responsibility to refer safeguarding and child protection concerns.
- Will receive training at the point of induction so that they know:
- DSCB child protection procedures and how to access them
- the need to be vigilant in identifying cases of abuse at the earliest opportunity
- how to support and respond to a child who discloses abuse/significant harm
- the DSL will disclose any information about a pupil to other members of staff only on a need to know basis
-the school with undertake appropriate discussion with parents prior to involvement with other agencies wherever this is appropriate
- the school will ensure that parents have an understanding of their obligations re: Child Protection by intervention as and when appropriate
St Ralph Sherwin CMAT Safeguarding Statement
Taken from the CMAT safeguarding statement
This legal requirement together with the Catholic Values and Principles that underpin the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust mean that is is essential that the CMAT ensures not only compliance at local level but also assumes a strategic responsibility to ensure that safeguarding practises are robust and effective in safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all children and young people in its care.