SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the children in our school and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.  This means that we have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.

Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy – Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy .

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. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our Academy please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

Governors’ Committee Responsible: Teaching & Learning

Governor Lead: Mrs C Latimer

Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Mr P Wilkinson

Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: Mrs D Hennell

 

Below are links that students and parents may find useful:

 Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation Trust, Youth Offending Service, the Voluntary Sector and others.

 NSPCC (Keeping Children Safe)

Find out how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.

 NSPCC (Online Safety)

Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

 NSPCC (Services for Children, Families and Professionals)

Working with children, young people and families who need help across the UK.

Domestic Abuse in Lincolnshire – Children’s page

Domestic Abuse in Lincolnshire – Young People’s page

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and

support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

 Just Lincolnshire

JUST Lincolnshire aims to make a real difference to the lives of people from all backgrounds. By championing equality, tackling discrimination and celebrating the richly diverse make up of Lincolnshire.

 Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card, the campaign that uses top footballers to educate against racism.

 Anti-Bullying Alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

 Bullying UK

Listening, supportive and non-judgemental.

 Kooth

Free online support for young people.

Snapchat Update

The latest Snapchat update shows a user’s location by default. The Police are urging parents and carers to check the settings of youngsters who may use the app.
The location sharing feature can be turned off within the ‘Settings’ by enabling ‘Ghost Mode’.

 

Self Harm Support at Harmless

Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

http://www.harmless.org.uk/

Advice for family and friends

 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/childline-launches-new-app/