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Safeguarding at St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Key People

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr Henstridge, Head Teacher.

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Mrs Weaver, Assistant Head Teacher and Mrs Cull, Middle Phase Leader

The named governor responsible for safeguarding is Anne Griffin.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please speak directly to:

  • one of the named safeguarding leaders above
  • any member of St Mary's staff team
  • a member of the NSPCC safeguarding helpline on 0808 800 5000
  • a member of Swindon's Family Contact Point on 01793 466903

Our Duty of Care

All staff have a duty of care to report concerns when they arise. Parents and carers will be informed of such concerns unless to do so would increase the risk to the child. 

A written record of any concern will be kept on file and shared with other safeguarding professionals as necessary. Written records will be transferred to the children's new schools when they leave St Mary's. Copies will not be kept on site. 

Our Policy

Please click here to access our current Safeguarding and Child Protection policy

What we do?

To keep up-to-date with local and national statutory guidance, training, serious case reviews and best practice, we employ the services of an independent consultant, Sarah Turner. Sarah supports St Mary's with annual external reviews of safeguarding, termly safeguarding briefings and ongoing advice.

Training

Domestic Violence

ENCOMPASS. This is the way in which Wiltshire Police will report to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has been affected by a domestic incident. 

ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be shared the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident. 

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Wider Safeguarding Areas at St Mary's

First Aid and Medicines

Please click this link to read our policy on Supporting Children with Medical Conditions.

We have a dedicated team of First Aiders here at St Mary's who receive paediatric first aid training regularly. Miss Clarke is the key contact for first aid and medicines.  We also work closely with our school nurse, Emma Bell.

Health and Safety

Senior staff and governors work hard to keep our premises safe and secure. We undertake fire drills regularly and we also have an emergency plan. All trips that the children attend are properly risk assessed and governors carry out regular safety walks of the premises.  When on site, all visitors are expected to sign in and out and must wear a St Mary's identification badge.

Safer Recruitment

We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding. All staff and volunteers are expected to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We also carry out identity, professional qualification and disqualification by association checks before any person undertakes any role within our school.

E-Safety

In 2017, we were re-accredited with the South West Grid for Learning 360 Degrees E-safety Accreditation. We apply strong filters and safety systems on all our school computers and tablets. All internet use by children is overseen by a member of staff and we actively teach children about keeping safe online through our cross-curricular Computing curriculum. For further information please click this link to see our page dedicated to E-Safety

Links for Parents