Safeguarding at St Peter's
At St Peter's C of E Primary School we believe that everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide support for children to prevent concerns from escalating. We work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
We have one designated safeguarding lead (Claire Crowther) and two back up safeguarding leads (Amy Wilkinson and Rachel Smith). Please see our Safeguarding Policy for more details on the role of the DSL.
All staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. All staff have a responsibility to identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm. All staff then have a responsibility to take appropriate action, working with other services as needed.
Every staff member is aware of the system within St Peter's C of E Primary School which support safeguarding – these are explained as part of staff induction and are reinforced at regular intervals. This includes our Child Protection Policy, staff code of conduct, and the role of the D.S.L (Designated Safeguarding Lead). All staff receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated.
Staff are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect and maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
If staff have concern about a child they will raise these with Mrs Crowther the D.S.L., Miss Wilkinson or Mrs Smith the back up D.S.Ls. If the child’s situation does not appear to be improving the staff member will press for re-consideration. We believe children have the right to receive the right to help at the right time to address risks and prevent issues escalating. Concerns should always lead to help for the child.
Staff and volunteers must feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and potential failures in the school’s safeguarding regime. St Peter's C of E Primary School’s whistle blowing procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure such concerns are raised with the management team.