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:
Mrs R Davis - SENDCo/Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs M Mullin - ELSA and Family Liaison Officer/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms S Brennan - Teaching and Learning Lead KS1/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs M Cherry - Teaching Assistant/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is:
Miss S Quigley
The Chair of Governors is:
Mrs J Burton
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.
In light of recent events in OUR school, we would like to share some information with you about issues affecting our children, and recommend some ways to talk to your children about internet safety, and places to find more information.
We would therefore like to invite parents and carers to attend a short presentation on Wednesday 7th February at either 9.00am (please come to the school office) or 2.30pm (please come to the school office).
If you are unable to attend these sessions but would like to come to an after school presentation, please let us know – if there is enough interest we will try our best to arrange something.
Raising Awareness of sexual abuse of children (NSPCC)