We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected.
Corpus Christi RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the wider school community to share this commitment.
School Policies and Procedures
For full details regarding our child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures please refer to the respective policies on our school policies page.
At Corpus Christi School there are three main elements to our Child Protection Policy: prevention, protection and support. All adults in school are fully committed to protecting the children in our care. Opportunities for children to talk about their feelings and emotions are provided regularly during RE lessons, PHSE, and RSE lessons. In addition children can join our Rainbows programme which supports children with their worries and concerns. Likewise our new initiative where each child has a card that says, ‘I need to talk to you’, this is left on the teacher’s desk and they then find time to meet the child and talk about any issues that may be causing them anxiety.
We have a number 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 where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns will be discussed with parent or carer firstly 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 duty to counter radicalism and extremism.
There are key people within Corpus Christi School and the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures.
The teachers in the Safeguarding Team at Corpus Christi School are:
Mrs H Williamson (Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs J Gifford (Deputy Headteacher, Safeguarding Lead and SENCO)
Mrs G Cooper (Key Stage One Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Miss Anslow (Governor responsible for Safeguarding)
These adults work with other outside agencies to ensure children in our school are protected. We work in conjunction with social services and the Police and are notified of any incidents that relate to domestic violence through the Encompass project.
We have an open door policy and are always available for anyone to come in to school if they have a concern about a child. We also actively encourage children to talk about their worries and concerns in school.
Operation Encompass is a system of reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced any form of domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of school staff, (a Designated Safeguarding Lead), known as a key adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, whilst ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have experienced a domestic abuse incident.
Useful numbers are listed below:
National Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0800 800500
Women’s Aid: 0845 023 468
Samaritans: 0845 790 9090
KIDSCAPE (Preventing Bullying Protecting Children): 0207 730 3300 or 08451 205 |
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247
Help and Advice Resources
As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We’re here to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe. In this regard we will post news articles and resources that we think are useful.
Below are documents with advice and guidance to support safeguarding children at school and home:
(These can be clicked on and then you are taken to the link.)Barnardos Spot the signs – Parent leaflet Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Worried About A Child Working Together to Safeguard Children Protecting children from radicalisation Parent Guide to Early Help Assessment NSPCC The Underwear Rule Home Alone – Your Guide to Keeping Children Safe Helping to Keep your Child Safe Female Genital Mutilation Information DFE The Prevent Duty Cyber Bullying Leaflet Parents Guide to Online Safety