At St Peter's Catholic Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is always a high priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to all of our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
- Mrs Knowles Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Miss Early SENDCO and Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs Mullen Learning Mentor and Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs Quinn Headteacher and Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Manchester City Council and the school has adopted a Safeguarding Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. Our Safeguarding Policy should be read alongside the Department for Education guidance “Keeping Children Safe In Education” (Sept 2021). There are two appendices to the policy, linked legislation and Appendix G relating to school closure.
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parents/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
We have measures in place to protect our pupils in school including:
- All visitors to school must report to the school office, sign in and display their visitor badge
- Children’s entrances are kept locked during lesson times
- Risk assessments take place for activities that take place both in and out of the school
- Regular Health and Safety checks and Fire Risk assessments are carried out
- All staff receive safeguarding training which is updated at regular intervals
Worried or concerned about a child or young person?
If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse or, you are worried that a child may be at risk of suffering harm should contact Mrs Knowles. Alternatively, you can report your concerns to:
Manchester Contact Centre
Telephone: 0161 234 5001 (open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
If you are concerned that an adult or child is in immediate danger you should ring the emergency services or contact the police on 999
We are part of a project that runs in partnership with Manchester Safeguarding Board and Greater Manchester Police.
Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to our school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads to enable support to be given, dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
You can find out more about Operation Encompass by clicking here.