“Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility”
At St John's Catholic Infant School, we know there can be no greater importance to parents and carers than the safety of their children. It is a priority that our safeguarding procedures keep our children safe.
We have a team of staff responsible for keeping children safe and supporting those most vulnerable to harm and neglect. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (Advanced Safeguarding Award) are Mrs M S Bulmer (Head Teacher), Miss C Sharkey (Deputy Head Teacher) and Mr N Muskett (Assistant Headteacher). Mrs McGunigle is the nominated governor for safeguarding and Mr Muskett is our e-safety lead. Our safeguarding team pays particular attention to the meticulous and systematic implementation of policies and routines.
Safeguarding involves every member of the community. If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern and report it to one of the safeguarding team as soon as possible. Please do not conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to a member or staff, please report this directly to the Headteacher or chair of governors. Sometimes, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child. If a suspicion of abuse is recorded, parents and carers will be informed at the same time that the record is made. School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school. All policies and guidance applies to all staff and volunteers working in the school. The governing body monitors the school’s adherence to policies and procedures and reviews the school’s policies.
The school has a firmly embedded Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be downloaded below. The policy gives details as to the procedures to identifying and reporting suspected abuse. A high priority is given to staff training in safeguarding so that all staff feel fully informed and suitably trained. All of our staff receive full Safeguarding training at least every year. Staff also receive training when new updates are required. A Single Central Record lists every adult who comes in to contact with children in our school and the safety checks that have taken place to ensure everyone is safe to work with children. This is checked by the Headteacher and safeguarding governor.
Our curriculum is used to promote safeguarding by teaching children how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and other’s safety. We use the NSPCC "PANTS" programme with our PSHE "Jigsaw" Scheme of Work to help children understand about keeping safe. The information leaflets for parents and guides for children can found below. More information can also be found at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/
E-Safety is an important aspect of teaching and learning at St John's Catholic Infant School. The children will be learning about being safe on the internet during assemblies and class teaching sessions. All the children have signed an Acceptable User Policy (AUP) to promise to follow E Safety rules, not just in school but also at home. If they fail to follow the rules then they may not be able to use the technology. This is in order to keep them safe from harm. Please click on the buttons below to look at you child's AUP:
There is lots of information on the internet to support parents and children and the link below to the Thinkuknow Website is well worth the visit to ensure that your child/children are safe when accessing the internet at home.
Please also look at these guides for parents on keeping your children safe obline as well:
Parents' Guide for Online Safety
You will also find a copy of the E-Safety Policy in the Policies section.
Other useful websites
Family Online Safe Institute: www.fosi.org
Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk
Internet Safety Zone: www.internetsafetyzone.com