Safeguarding and Early Help
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What does it all mean?
Sometimes, we may speak to you about some of our safeguarding procedures and processes. We want you to be comfortable and understand how we use safeguarding procedures in school and how we share information with other agencies. If you have any questions about this, please see a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Keeping children safe in education is our priority.
At St James’ CE Primary School, the health, safety and welfare of our children are of paramount importance to us. We respect our pupils and want to provide them with a stimulating and safe environment that encourages them to flourish.
In order to keep our children safe at school, we
- ensure that all our staff – through their induction and on going training - have a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards our children’s safeguarding
- make sure that we have a range of clear and up to date policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and protection of our pupils in all aspects of school life
- ensure that we teach our pupils how to keep themselves healthy and safe – in and out of school
- ensure that we audit our safeguarding practices regularly so we remain vigilant
- We work with Merseyside Police to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children experiencing domestic abuse. This is called Operation Encompass and you can find more information in the letter below. We also provide a range of support within school and from other services such as health and community support. This sometimes takes the form of an EHAT and you can find out more about our Early Help offer below.
- Please do speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team if you or your child have been affected by any type of abuse; we are here to listen and can give you lots of information to support and help.
At St James’, our safeguarding offer starts with our Christian values which we instil in our children from their first day at St James’ CE Primary. Christian Values such as Compassion, Courage, Truthfulness and Justice teach children to be ready, respectful and responsible. We have an open, honest and relationship centred approach at school, wherein children are nurtured and taught that they are able to confide in any adult if they are worried about anything.
We have very clear expectations of our children’s behaviour and these are regularly discussed in class and whole school worship. Our children learn from an early age that bullying in any form is not tolerated at St James’ CE Primary and we expect our staff to act as exemplary role models.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
As one of our 7 Journey Drivers, we take promoting and supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing as a vital part of our safeguarding offer. We have a Metal Health Lead and Wellbeing Champions in school who help to ensure that all members of the school community are well supported. See our Mental Health and Wellbeing page for more information.
Inclusion and Equality
The school has a commitment to equality and accessibility for all and we believe that everyone at St James’ CE Primary should be treated with care, dignity and respect. Our children are explicitly taught that any form of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sexuality or disability is wrong. In St James’ Spirit, RE lessons and worship, we explore different ideas, cultures, faiths and beliefs to broaden our pupil’s awareness of the world and we teach tolerance and mutual respect.
Teaching and Learning
Our Journey Curriculum is centred around 7 Journey Drivers. Each of the Drivers intrinsically link to our Christian Vision with the hope that each and every pupil can find happiness and reach their full potential, With this in mind, we deliver a range of learning opportunities within our curriculum to help keep children safe and healthy throughout their lives.
Our PE and St James’ Spirit lessons include education on financial awareness, healthy diet, the importance of exercise, road and pedestrian safety, stranger danger, how to deal with bullying and much more. Our St James’ Spirit Curriculum (which meets all of the statutory elements within the RHE curriculum) includes a progressive, whole school approach for Relationship, Health and Sex education.
From EYFS, our children are taught about the importance of staying safe online. At St James’ CE Primary we have very clear online safety guidelines for both staff and children and everyone signs an Acceptable Use Agreement before they use a computer. As this is a constantly changing world, we try to provide children and parents with as much up to date information as we can about practical ways to stay safe on the internet and online safety teaching is incorporated regularly into both our Computing and St James’ Spirit offer.
Please see below for an overview of how the elements within Keeping Children Safe in Education are met across our Journey Curriculum Subjects and also for a general overview of how safeguarding is prioritised across year groups within our wider provision also.
As already mentioned, our staff are expected to act as role models at all times. All members of staff – teaching and non teaching alike – have been recruited following safer recruitment procedures. Their application forms are carefully scrutinised and any education or employment gaps are queried. References and all necessary DBS checks are undertaken as a matter of course and we keep an up to date single central record on our employees.
When a new member of staff (or Governor) joins our school they receive an induction and staff handbook which includes up to date information on safeguarding, child protection and our health and safety induction booklet. We also ensure that they have read part one of the Government’s guidelines on Keeping Children Safe in Education , which you can find out more about here. Our safeguarding and child protection policy clearly sets out the school and our staff’s responsibilities towards ensuring that all children at St James are kept safe and protected from harm. All our staff and governors undertake regular safeguarding and child protection training.
First Aid and Medical Needs
In addition to safeguarding and child protection training, a number of our teaching assistants have first aid and paediatric first aid qualifications.
Volunteers and Visitors
We also make sure that any volunteer or visitor to school – which includes staff who may be running after school clubs – visits the School Office to sign in and read the school information sheets on Safeguarding and Health and Safety. Volunteers and visitors are not left unsupervised with children at any time unless they are regular volunteers who have completed a DBS check. As a parent, if you would like to know more about volunteering, please come into the School Office or email school.
Ensuring that the school site is safe and risk assessed is the responsibility of our School Business Manager. We have a comprehensive Health and Safety policy to ensure that our premises are safe for all. This includes undertaking risk assessments for all school activities and trips, as well as for aspects of the site.
Links for Parents
St Helens Local Offer Early Help Information- https://new.sthelens.gov.uk/send/0-4-years-early-years/early-help/
Safeguarding Resource Hub- https://www.safeguardingresourcehub.co.uk/
National Online Safety- http://nationalonlinesafety.com
Citizens Advice- https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
St Helens LSCB- https://www.sthelenslscb.org.uk/
St Helens Foodbank- https://www.sthelens.foodbank.org.uk/
St Helens Benefits Help- http://www.sthelens.gov.uk/benefits/
St Helens Mind- https://www.sthelensmind.org.uk/
St Helens Recovery Service- https://www.changegrowlive.org/integrated-recovery-service-st-helens/info/
Teardrops Supporting Your Community- https://teardrops.org.uk/Operation Encompass - https://www.operationencompass.org/school-participation/resources-for-schools