At Latchford St James, Safeguarding is high profile and everybody’s business, all of the time. Our school is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to give our children everything they need to ‘be the best that they can be.’ Where there is a barrier to well-being, health or success, we want to remove it.
We review our child protection policy and procedures frequently, with updated training provided for all school staff in order to offer a consistent, high quality approach to child protection and safeguarding. Our school has recruitment procedures that support the safeguarding of young people, as laid out in the Local Authority Safe Recruitment guidance. We have a safeguarding team who meet at least once every two weeks to discuss any safeguarding issues relating to our children.
What to do if you are concerned:
If you are concerned about a child’s wellbeing, please share your concern with one of the Stay Safe Team members at the earliest opportunity.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff or volunteer in school, then you should report this to the Headteacher (or Deputy Headteacher in his absence) who will consider what action to take and seek relevant advice.
If the concern relates to the Headteacher, refer the matter to the Chair of Governors: Mrs Brenda Hynes.
Should you ever have urgent concerns for the immediate safety of a child, you should contact the police or you can make a direct referral to Children’s Social Care by phoning 01925 443400.
|Our Stay Safe Team|
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
EYFS Phase Leader:
KS2 Phase Leader:
SIA Strategic Safeguarding Lead:
We update our Safeguarding Policy annually. This ensures that any new learning is incorporated into our policy and it can respond to the most up-to-date thinking regarding child protection. All of our staff also take part in very comprehensive Safeguarding training annually, ensuring that Safeguarding is seen as everybody’s business and everybody is equipped with the tools they need to protect our children. Regular updates keep our training refreshed and current. Safeguarding is an agenda on our weekly staff meetings so it is never far from our minds. Our SIA Strategic Safeguarding lead produces a monthly newsletter that is circulated to all of our staff. It keeps us up to date and also spotlights a particular issue to deepen our knowledge.
We regularly talk to our children about ways to keep safe, discussing safeguarding sensitively in our lessons, worship and on our noticeboards. A big part of our curriculum works to develop ‘pupil voice’, showing children that their opinions matter and are valued.
Safeguarding Procedures for School Staff
Teachers and TAs monitor the wellbeing of children on a day to day basis. If they, or any other member of the team have any concerns relating to the safeguarding of a child they fill in a purple safeguarding form. This is handed directly to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who will decide what actions to take, sometimes consulting our Strategic Safeguarding Lead, Emma Coupe. Often we work with a range of agencies locally who can help us to ensure the best outcome for the children in our care.
Safeguarding Procedures for Parents
If parents have any concerns relating to the wellbeing of their children or any other children they can report it to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who will decide what action to take.
Safeguarding Procedures for Children
If children are concerned about their own well-being or the well-being of another child, they are encouraged to speak immediately to a teacher or trusted adult in school. All children are reminded of this throughout the school year, on our posters around school and during our worship. Working closely with Cheshire Police, our school is involved in a new initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (known as Key Adults) are made aware immediately so they can support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and valued.
At Latchford St James, our Key Person for Encompass is Martin Flute, Headteacher and Designated Senior Leader. This is an important part of our Safeguarding offer that means we can continue to support children and families within our school community when feel most vulnerable. You can find out more by visiting http://www.operationencompass.org or by contacting Mr Flute or Mrs Swift.
Safeguarding in our Curriculum
Equipping our children with the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves and others safe is very important to us at Latchford St James. Some examples of how keeping safe is embedded into school life can be viewed here:
PE – Healthy Lifestyles, how to exercise properly, keeping safe during all sports and how being active can help us to stay fit and healthy.
Computing – Staying safe online is a big part of our ICT curriculum. We have Safety Officers, regular e-safety updates, parent meetings and assemblies. We have monitoring software in school to ensure children can’t view anything inappropriate and we teach them explicitly how to enjoy the web safely.
Safety Officers – our Safety Officers are elected from Year 5. They receive training from Warrington Borough Council and use this to plan a number of events to keep our school community safe. They have a notice board where they promote safety messages, deliver an assembly on an aspect of safety every month and they work with our PCSO Tony Spruce on special safety projects. Our Safety Officers have written a ‘child friendly’ Safeguarding Policy which can be seen on this page.
NSPCC – every year, our children work with the NSPCC on important safeguarding matters. The NSPCC deliver age appropriate assemblies on Safeguarding issues and deliver workshops to individual classes too. The activities aim to educate children about abuse in an age appropriate way.
They explore talking about problems and worries, how to get help and trusted adults/grown-ups. For further advice on Safeguarding issues, please visit Warrington Safeguarding Children Board.
Stay Safe Policy – by Safety Oficers, Leo, Lucy, Penny and Charlie