What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
“the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.”
Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2013)
How do we safeguard?
Parents, carers and staff all have the safety and wellbeing of our children at the centre of the decisions they make, both in and out of school. Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. Members of the public, as well as staff in house agencies, can play a vital role in helping to protect children from abuse or neglect.
Whilst the child’s welfare is always the most important consideration, there is also a duty on professionals to work in partnership with parents, to provide support where necessary and to ensure that children remain with their families wherever possible.
At St Joseph’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy, we take safeguarding extremely seriously. We work closely with the school family to make ensure that safeguarding is a priority of the school.
We have enlisted the services of a safeguarding consultant who takes part in termly supervision visits and a biannual Safeguarding Audit tool. He has many years’ experience of working with schools in the Local Authority and visits the school on a termly basis to carry out safeguarding supervision visits. He also undertakes a full audit of all safeguarding procedures every two years. Staff had recent Child Protection training in Autumn 2016 and the school has nominated teachers for safeguarding. Children receive e-safety training.
Our Safeguarding Team
All of our team can be contacted through school.
The Academy maintains a Single Central Record, which records all the adults who work with children at our school. We also only work with contractors (for example builders) who can meet our requirements regarding safeguarding of pupils.
If any member of the public thinks a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect, they should contact the local Children’s Services (formerly known as Social Services) or the NSPCC National Helpline.
For children who live in Redcar & Cleveland
The Access Team, Redcar & Cleveland Children’s Services, Seafield House Tel: (01642) 771500
Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team – Tel: (08702) 402994
NSPCC National Helpline Tel: (0808) 8005000
If a member of the public considers that there is an emergency situation, they should dial 999 for the Police.
Click on the link to view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2016
Below are links to websites you may find useful.