Debbie Grindrod (Headteacher) Designated Safeguarding Lead
Celine Keleher (Deputy Head) Designated Safeguarding Lead
Vic Ellinson (Pastoral Lead and Family Liaison-currently on Maternity Leave) Designated Safeguarding Lead
Claire Wardle (EYFS Lead) Designated Early Years Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nominated Governor Responsible for Safeguarding
Mrs Morag Ranson
Termly meetings are held between the Safeguarding Governor and the Headteacher. At all Full Governor Meetings an overview of Safeguarding across the school is given.
For urgent Child Protection / Safeguarding advice:
Please call Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 217 6028
- the phone line is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays
- outside of these hours, call the above number and you will be directed to the Emergency Duty Team
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Please take time to read through the school policy.
Staff Understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection
All staff must read and sign Part 1 of Keeping children Safe in Education 2023 and all staff receive annual training. In addition, Safeguarding and Child Protection is discussed at staff meetings, briefings and other meetings. The Head attends termly safeguard network meetings with the Local Authority where serious case reviews are discussed and actions taken.
How does school record disclosures and incidents
School has a secure, electronic system called CPOMS for recording all incidents and disclosures. It is the market leader in monitoring Safeguarding and is used extensively across the county.
Before supply staff are allowed to cover classes, all safeguarding checks (DBS) are completed and staff must read and sign the safeguarding file given to them in the office.
Parents and Volunteers
All Parents and Volunteers must have read and signed the Volunteer / Parent Agreement Form before they start a placement at St. George's CE Primary School. Badges must be work at all times
There is also an Agreement Form for Parents / Carers on School Trips in order to ensure certain procedures that must be adhered to for the safety and protection of children, parents and staff.
The school prides itself on being a safe and friendly place for pupils, staff and visitors to come and learn. Therefore, we place a strong emphasis on site security and procedures.
- We use the clocks near the playground to tell us what time to ring the bell. If you arrive after the bell has rung, this means you are late. If your child arrives after the bell has rung, they are late and must sign in at the school office.
- If you are late, please go to the school entrance on The Avenue, where you will be signed in, before going to class.
- If you forget any belongings at home including packed lunches or PE bags, please send a message via Dojo to the class teacher. To help keep everyone safe in school, the Admin Team can’t take it to your class.
- Please help to ensure the children arrive at school on time so they do not miss valuable learning.
- Parents/Carers are asked to provide class teachers with a list of adults whom have permission to collect your child at home time. Staff members will not allow your child to leave with anyone else, so it is vital this list is kept up to date.
If you are visiting our school, whilst on our premises, you must observe the following:
- All staff and visitors must enter through the entrance on The Avenue via the school office.
- All visitors, including volunteers, must report to the school office before entering the school to sign in and be given a visitor’s badge from the Inventory System. All visitors must sign out at the end of their visit.
- All visitors to the school must wear their badge.
- Please do not enter the school unless escorted by a member of staff or by prior arrangement.
- Please do not open doors leading onto secure school premises.
- If your visit involves working independently with the children you will be asked to produce a current enhanced DBS certificate.
- Your safety and wellbeing during your visit are important to us. As a visitor you have a legal duty to care for the Health and Safety of yourself and others.
- If the Fire Alarm should sound please leave the building by the nearest exit and proceed to the assembly point. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING until you are told it is safe to do so.
- We operate a NO SMOKING POLICY which we ask you to respect.
- Staff have the right, and are encouraged, to question anyone on the school premises who they do not recognise.
- Visitors can expect to be treated with respect by our staff; in turn we ask that you be polite and respectful whilst on our premises.
- Anyone behaving in an aggressive or disrespectful manner will be asked to leave immediately. Persistent offenders will be banned from the premises.
St. George's CE Primary School recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.
In school we have not only the Local Authority filtering and blocking but also 'Forensic Monitoring' which ensures no harmful or unauthorised content can be accessed by staff and pupils.
Online safety is part of our curriculum with support given by the Youth Offending Service for talks for older pupils on sending abusive information via digital platforms.
Concerns should be reported to:
A new Safeguarding Policy has been updated, taking into account the information from the DFE and the Local Authority, September 2022 and is awaiting ratification by the Governors. It will be posted shortly.