Safeguarding

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for pupils, staff, volunteers and visitors and to promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well–being of others.

We believe that our school provides a safe, positive and caring environment in which children can grow in their social, physical and moral development. We recognise the vital contribution our school can make in safeguarding children from harm and we intend to carry out our responsibilities actively and enthusiastically in liaison with all other concerned parties.

The four main elements to our policy are:

  • Prevention through the curriculum and pastoral support offered to pupils and their families
  • School’s child protection infrastructure and procedures for identifying and reporting cases (or suspected cases) of abuse or other child protection concerns.
  • Support for pupils who may have suffered significant harm, and their families.
  • Staff recruitment, management and support systems which protect children

Our policy applies to all staff, volunteers and governors working in the school. 

For our full policy, please click here - St Mary's Safeguarding Policy.

Important Contacts

Access and  Response Team – 01454 86 6000 (during working hours)

Emergency duty team – 01454 615165 (out of hours)

Police – 101 for non-urgent issues & 999 if urgent and an immediate response is needed

Domestic Abuse Concerns - Next Link South Glos domestic abuse telephone help lines are open 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday and
9:30am – 1:00pm on Saturday 0800 4700 280

Mental health support - CAMHS (if young person is currently under CAMHS) – 01454 862431 or if you are concerned that you are not able to keep your child safe or they are not able to keep themselves safe then take them to the Accident & Emergency department at Bristol Children’s hospital or call for an ambulance.

Food banks links for families living in South Glos

https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/eat-well/food-poverty-support/

Food banks links for families living in Bristol

https://www.trusselltrust.org/

https://eastbristol.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/how-to-get-help/

Parents worried about exploitation - https://paceuk.info/ or for confidential help and advice, call Pace on 0113 240 5226

CHILDLINE – 0800 1111 or visit their website www.childline.org.uk

Samaratins – 116 123

Mental health apps approved by NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/