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 (Updated November 2021)
Key School Contacts
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Designated Looked-After Child Lead (LACL) is
Kathy Burden, Acting Head Teacher
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is
Jo Creese, Pastoral Lead
Our Safeguarding Governor is
Fr Eugene Campbell, Parish Priest and Foundation Governor
Please call the school office on 01454 866390 and ask to speak to the DSL or DDSL if you have concerns about a child, or you may wish to speak to someone from South Gloucestershire Access and Response Team directly -
Access and Response Team (ART)
01454 866390 (During Working Hours)
01454 615165 (Out of Hours – Emergency Duty Team)
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
Food banks links for families living in Bristol
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
Samaritins – 116 123
Mental health apps approved by NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/
South Glos Support Services
Our responsibilities under Keeping Children Safe
Maintain an attitude of 'it could happen here'. Be vigilant - notice changes in behaviour and presentation. Always pass concerns on no matter how small. Listen properly to children and make time to do so.
Other Policies and Documentation
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