A Guide to Safeguarding at St John's Catholic Primary School during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This update is an addition to the current Child Protection Policy, and other safeguarding guidance for parents and staff.
During partial opening there will always be a Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy on site or available by phone to speak to if you have any concerns about a child’s safety. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs A Bennett. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Mrs C Young, Mrs C Geeson and Mrs N Serjeant. Simply call school on 01225 303990 and ask to speak to a Safeguarding Lead. Or you can call Children’s Social Care directly on 01225 396312 or 01225 396313(weekdays, 8.30am to 5pm, except Fridays when we're closed from 4.30pm) or out of office hours If you think a child is in immediate danger please call our Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165. Please do act immediately if you think that a child. Staff will still record any Safeguarding concerns on CPOMs, our online Child Protection Log.
Arrangements for ‘vulnerable’ children.
Vulnerable children are those who are on an EHCP and those children with a social worker. During partial opening Mrs Geeson is leading communication with these families to ensure that they are supported at home. Staff should not keep in touch with children or families unless directed to by Mrs Geeson. These children have been offered and are encouraged to take a school place. Social workers and the SEND team will also support the family during this period.
Attendance at school for Key Worker children and vulnerable children
As a school we will continue to follow our usual attendance procedures to follow up non-attendance. Where a parent/carer has requested a place we will follow-up any non-attendance. Where a vulnerable child does not attend the child’s social worker will be informed.
The Department of Education has introduced a daily attendance form to keep an upto date record of key worker children and vulnerable children attending the setting. This is completed daily by the school.
Volunteers and staff from other schools
At the present time St John’s will not be using any volunteers or staff from other schools within the setting.
Children and online safety away from school
It is important that all staff who interact with children online do this within the agreed protocols of the school. All staff will continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk, any concerns will be reported to the DSL or deputy DSL. Children and staff must adhere to the agreed pupil and staff use of technology as outlined in the e-safety policy. Children will be accessing work online, children will be reminded of how to use the internet safely and how to report any concerns whilst online.
The school will be very clear with parents and carers about what their children are being asked to do online, including sites that they have been told to access and who from the school will be interacting with them.
Safeguarding at St John's
St John’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Child Protection Lead is: Mrs Angela Bennett (Headteacher).
Our Deputy Child Protection Leads are: Mrs Natalie Serjeant; Mrs Catharine Young; Mrs Catrin Geeson
Our Safeguarding Governor is: Patrick Weaver
All staff and volunteers (academic year 2019/20) are expected to:
- Read our Child Protection Policy 2019/20
- Read the E-Safety Policy
- Read the Internet and Email Acceptable Use of IT Policy
- Read Part A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
- Read Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
- Read our Code of Conduct
- Read A Guide to Safer Working Practice 2015
- Read the Whistleblowing Policy 2018/21
What to do if you are concerned about a child
If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child it is YOUR DUTY to report your concerns to: Mrs Bennett or Mrs Serjeant.
Bath and North East Somerset Council
The Bath and North East Somerset Children’s Safeguarding for children and young people, parents and carers, and anyone working with children.
The site also has links to the South West Child Protection Procedures http://www.online-procedures.co.uk/swcpp/