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St Peter's C of E Primary Academy

Statement of Safeguarding

St. Peters Church of England Primary Academy is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

Our Safeguarding Statement

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.

Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) as soon as possible the same day.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.

At St. Peters we will follow without hesitation all the policies and procedures of the North East Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children’s board, their website is below:

http://nelsafeguardingchildrenboard.co.uk/

Checks on all staff, governors, volunteers and 3rd party organisations e.g. catering staff:

As well as the standard checks required by government legislation and the safeguarding children’s board (Identity and address checks, employment history, qualifications checks, at least two satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS (police / criminal record check) and barred lists checks, checking in detail any gaps in employment / education history / any time abroad - we will also conduct any additional checks we feel appropriate, these will include:

  • Interviewing or speaking with people / organisations that provide references
  • Requesting additional references
  • Speaking with all previous employers
  • Verifying qualifications with the appropriate awarding body

Once appointed all staff, governors, volunteers and 3rd party staff are subject to probationary periods of service during which a detailed induction package will be delivered and regular supervision will take place.

All our staff, governors, volunteers and 3rd party organisations are actively encouraged to be vigilant at all times and to report immediately any concerns no matter how trivial.  

We will always immediately investigate any concern or matter no matter how trivial and will liaise as needed with the police, social services and local authority designated staff.