St Dominic Catholic Primary

If we live by truth and in love, we shall grow in Christ

Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Miss Clare O' Sullivan

 Deputy Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Rebecca Jackson Robbins

 Deputy Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Katie McCaughey

Nominated Governor responsible for Safeguarding:  Mrs Anne Bentley

 

School Policies

 

What is Safeguarding?
 
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
 
Safeguarding means:
·         protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
·         preventing harm to children's health or development
·         ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
·         taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
 
What is Child Protection?
 
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare.  It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Prevent Strategy
 
From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".  This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.  It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.
 
Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making.  Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.

 

Please click the link; http://educateagainsthate.com/
 
Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  - Procedural Information
 
From 21st October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM. To obtain more information on FGM please click this link - NSPCC.

 

Online Safety
 
Here at St Dominic Catholic Primary School, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning.  We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement.  However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.

Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2019

As of September 2019, schools in England must follow updated statutory guidance on Keeping children safe in education (Department for Education, 2019).

The updated guidance includes information on:

  • changes to local safeguarding children’s boards (LSCBs) arrangements
  • changes to Ofsted framework
  • the new RSE curriculum
  • schools' responsibilities in recognising and responding to concerns around pupils at risk of engaging in serious crime
  • information regarding ‘upskirting’.

 

 

Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services.

We all experience difficulties at some point. Families First can help you find early help and information to prevent issues from getting worse.

If you need more help than your usual support network - for example your health visitor, school, doctor or family centre - we can work with you and your family to create a package of support.