Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

At St Mary’s we are very clear that we are here to provide a school family that will support our children to become the very best they can be. We will have aspirations, hopes and dreams for our children and do all we can to help each and every child know what success feels like. Our community is made up of children, families, staff, governors, friends and community members. We all have our part to play in our children’s success. We expect every member of our community to support and demonstrate a commitment to our children and community and the values that are important to us.

St Mary’s fully recognises its responsibility to have a clear and secure framework in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

This policy is one of a series in the school’s integrated safeguarding policy:

  • Attendance policy
  • Positive Behaviour Policy
  • Bullying and harassment (staff) policy
  • Employee disciplinary procedure and code of conduct
  • E safety policy
  • SEND policy
  • Whistleblowing policy.

This policy is available on the right hand side of this page to download.

Our core safeguarding principles are:

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
  • The school’s responsibility to safeguard children’s mental and physical health and development and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance.
  • Safer children make more successful learners
  • Policies will be reviewed at least annually unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.

Child protection statement
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff, volunteers and governors and are consistent with those of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).