St John's School is committed to helping children achieve good outcomes by providing a safe learning environment and to enable them to access all available services to achieve the most of their life opportunities. This document should be read in conjunction with the Education Department’s Child Protection Policy and the Safeguarding Partnership Board Interagency Child Protection Procedures.
We ensure that arrangements are in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils by:
- Providing a safe, healthy learning environment that allows them to develop to their full potential
- Identifying children who are suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm, taking appropriate action to safeguard their welfare, particularly those pupils who are most disadvantaged, with the aim of ensuring they are kept safe at home and school
- Providing pupils with opportunities to discuss issues and report problems affecting their safety and welfare
- Ensuring safe recruitment practices
- Ensuring robust procedures for recognition and referral where there are welfare or child protection concerns
- Monitoring and supporting pupils who are subject to child protection plans and contributing to the implementation of their plan
- Raising awareness amongst staff of child protection issues and ensuring staff are equipped to deal with concerns
- Teaching children to keep themselves safe and ensuring they know who to approach for help
- Promoting partnership working with parents/carers and professionals
If you have a concern or a worry please follow this link to the Children's and Families Hub:
The Children and Families Hub provides information, advice and support for families and young people. Our aim is to make sure you get the right help at the right time. This could be some advice on the telephone or a one-to-one consultation. We’ll also put you in touch with any services that can help you. The hub also responds to any safeguarding concerns you may have for a child or young person. Whatever help you need, we’ll make a plan with you and with the services helping you.
St John's’s School Safeguarding Procedures
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Jamie Hazley and Stuart Pallant
Deputy DSL’s: Heather Paul
System used to log safeguarding concerns: My Concern. This is an online system that all members of school log into to report concerns. When the concern has been reported, the DSL’s receive an email and then log in to review the concern and action anything that is required.
Policies: We use the St John’s Safeguarding Policy, Child Protection Policy and the Whistleblowing Policy. We have an Intimate Care Policy for children who require support with toileting. The parents of these children are asked to read and sign this policy.
Training: All staff received an annual refresher delivered at the beginning of the academic year. All staff were required to read and sign to say they have read Keeping Children Safe in Education at the beginning of the academic year.
Safer Recruitment: The Headteacher completed the Safer Recruitment training and, therefore, he is always present at interviews. During interviews, safeguarding questions are always asked.
Visibility: Throughout the school site there are safeguarding posters which indicate who to report safeguarding concerns too. All staff wear lanyards and visitors are given lanyards of different colours.
Visitors: We have a robust DBS procedure in place. The office staff take photocopies of DBS’s and photo ID. All visitors sign in at the office and wear ID’s around the school site.
Monitoring: Mobile phone usage is monitored carefully. Our Policy for mobile phone usage in school is clearly displayed on posters in and around the school.All children who bring a mobile phone into school must hand their mobiles phones in at the beginning of the school day to the school office.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): When necessary, we refer safeguarding concerns to the MASH team. We do this either over the phone or using the online form. If it is urgent, we use the phone method. Parents are informed when we make a referral to the MASH team unless we feel this knowledge would put the child at further risk of harm.