At St Barnabas, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains paramount.
- All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to Mrs Richards (Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding) or Mrs Whetham Deputy Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding)
|Staff & Visitors||Ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained|
|Children’s Behaviour||Promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles|
|Parents & Carers||Promoting links & supporting families|
|Premises||Keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose|
|Curriculum||Providing positive, life affirming learning experiences. Teaching about safer practices – e-safety etc|
|Outside School||Ensuring safer activities and environments outside school|
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe. The school has a Safeguarding Team consisting of:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs T Richards
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs E A Whetham
- Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Local Academy Board member: Mrs A Pocock
- DoWMAT; The Trust’s Senior Designated Officer for Safeguarding: Mrs C Davies; CEO
Mrs A Pocock
Safeguarding Local Academy Board Member
Mrs T Richards - DSL
Deputy Headteacher / Inclusion Manager
Mrs E Whetham DDSL
Mrs S Harding DDSL
HLTA - Wellbeing Team
Miss A Holden DDSL
Pre-School Staff Member
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. All Volunteers are given our guidance leaflet ‘Guidance for Volunteers & Regular Visitors’ and are directed to the documents: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE).
Safeguarding Policy (Child Protection Policy)
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children and are able to implement the safeguarding policy and procedures appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children's behaviour
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern;
- signs of emotional/ mental health problems.