The Designated Child Protection Officers are:
Mrs Paula Pownall - Acting Headteacher DSL
Ms Oonagh Grainger-DDSL
Please report any concern over the welfare and / or safeguarding of a child to either Mrs Pownall or Ms Grainger or any member of school staff as soon as possible.
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School fully recognises the contribution it can make in protecting, supporting and promoting the welfare of the children in our school. We are committed to ensuring that children are safe, that child protection practice is effective and that procedures are followed. We make every attempt possible to ensure that children are safe from abuse or harm during their time at school and at home.
Safeguarding at St Patrick's
Keeping children safe and healthy is a very important part of school life. There are many policies and practices in place to safeguard our children and they include:
All staff receive regular training on Child Protection.
Our Child Protection Policy is on our website and can be downloaded, it is also available by request from the School Office. Mrs Pownall and Ms Graninger are the Designated Child Protection Officers.
There is also a named Governor for Child Protection, Mrs Barbara Clemments. We work together with other services for children and families to support the needs of children with the aim of protecting them from harm.
As you know high standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know children do fall out from time to time! Rest assured that we would contact you if behaviour is a problem. We remind the children frequently about our high expectations and of the school rules, which they understand are there to keep them safe.
When a child is absent unexpectedly, the class teacher will record the absence in the register, and if no telephone call is received by 9.10am then office staff, will endeavour to contact a parent/carer by text and/or phone call. This is to safeguard the child as the parent/carer may be unaware they are not in school. Office staff and members of the school's leadership team monitors children’s attendance on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by school with referral to appropriate agencies being made, these may include Children's Social Care and the Police.
Health and Safety
Staff, parents and children have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. Many of the staff have had basic first aid training and we have several fully trained paediatric first aiders. We have completed many Risk Assessments to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
We ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety, including e-safety, are addressed in our curriculum. This is enhanced by the many visitors to school, e.g. police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness, fire officers etc
Safer Recruitment and Selection
All staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and references are acquired before the person takes up post. We maintain an up to date list of current checks. You may notice that the staff are now wearing identification badges as do all visitors in school.
Should parents have any complaints the school staff will listen to your concerns and will follow up any arising issues. The Staff will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any matters of concern. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children. Remember no problem is too small and can often be prevented from becoming a bigger issue if you speak to us straight away. If you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you should contact the complaints committee of the Governing Body. In the event of a complaint, in the first instance, please contact Mrs Clare Marfleet- Finance Officer firstname.lastname@example.org. She will then be able to direct you to the person that would be most suitable to deal with your complaint. All complaints will be taken seriously in accordance with our complaints policy.
Recording of Concerns and Matters Causing Concern
At St Patrick's we use a computerised system of recording and logging all matters linked to safeguarding and child protection.
The system we use is called CPOMS.
CPOMS is a software application for monitoring child protection, safeguarding and a whole range of pastoral and welfare issues. Working alongside our existing safeguarding processes, CPOMS is an intuitive system to help with the management and recording of child protection, behavioural issues, bullying, special educational needs, domestic issues and much much more including attendance and punctuality. By using CPOMS, we can ensure that students are safe and fully supported, whilst school staff can focus on teaching and providing support, instead of administration.
Every member of staff across school has an obligation to report any concerns which they may have. CPOMS allows them to record information in a central repository and have relevant people alerted immediately. School leaders are able to build a chronology around a student and can produce reports on vulnerable pupil groups for Case Conference Meetings, Governors and Ofsted at the touch of a button.