At St Lawrence we take our responsibilities to safeguard children very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that all our children and young people feel safe; that children, parents/carers and staff are able to talk about safeguarding concerns and feel assured that they will be listened to; and that all staff are aware of, and implement safeguarding procedures and guidance including what to do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm. The welfare of our pupils is paramount.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads
If you are concerned about any member of our community, please do not hesitate to contact the designated safeguarding leads as follows:
Designated Senior Person for Child Protection / Safeguarding:
NAME: Sarah Bush
Tel: 01933 353530
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
NAME: Jayne Nicklin
Tel: 01933 353530
Governor for Child Protection / Safeguarding:
NAME: Fiona Rickard
Tel: 01933 353530
When the school has concerns about a child, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide what steps should be taken and should advise the Head Teacher, as appropriate.
Please find below St Lawrence Primary School Safeguarding Policies:
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
- Safer Recruitment Policy
- Internet and Online Safety Policy
Useful Website for Safeguarding
There is a lot of useful information on the Internet to support families with safeguarding. Here are a few that we would recommend:
Online Safety Hub for Parents
The Olympus Academy Trust have launched an online safety hub for parents. It contains lots of really useful advice and guidance such as:
- Get advice on the latest apps and Games
- Learn more about online safety topics
- Get help with social media incidents.
Safeguarding in the Online Learning Space (LGfL)
The rise of online learning during the pandemic, and the increased use of ‘catch-up’ tutors the need to safeguard children outside of the school building has never been greater. London Grid for Learning has published some handy materials to help make sure children stay as safe as possible outside school. https://www.lgfl.net/default.aspx
The NSPCC help children who've been abused, protect children at risk, and find the best ways to prevent child abuse from ever happening. There is plenty of advice available on their website which can be found using the following link:
The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying. The website includes lots of advice and support for parents and children about bullying and how to prevent it.
Prevent Radicalisation and Extremism by Acting Early
It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.
Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.
Op Encompass Domestic Abuse Notification Scheme
Our school is part of Operation Encompass.
This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse. Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school. The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification. We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.
The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports. The DSL has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.
Please find below letter to parents regarding the Op Encompass Notification Scheme.
A copy of the Op Encompass Sharing Agreement can also be viewed below.