Safeguarding at St Patrick's School
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.
Where safeguarding is concerned, we maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” so the purpose of our Safeguarding Policy is to provide staff, volunteers and governors with the framework they need in order to keep our children safe and secure in our school and to inform parents and guardians how we will safeguard their children whilst they are in our care.
Safeguarding is defined as:
The umbrella term "safeguarding" is defined in the Children Act 2004 as protecting from maltreatment; preventing impairment of health and development; ensuring that children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care; and work in a way that gives the best life chances and transition to adulthood. Our safeguarding practice applies to every child.
The Safeguarding team:
Mr M Lobo - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs R Davis - SENDCo/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs M Mullin - ELSA and Family Liaison Officer/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms S Brennan - YR and Y1 Phase Leader/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S Collins - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is:
Mrs Helen Smale
The Chair of Governors is:
Mrs Louise Payne
All staff receive regular training in safeguarding issues - covering subjects including FGM, Breast Ironing, Neglect, CSE, Mental Health, Internet Safety (including sexting and cyber-bullying), Domestic Abuse, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
Raising Awareness of sexual abuse of children (NSPCC)