At St Barnabas, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains paramount.
- All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to Mrs Richards (Designated Senior Member of Staff for Safeguarding) or Mr. Booth (Deputy Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding)
Parents & Carers
Promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles.
Promoting links & supporting families.
Keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose.
Providing positive, life affirming learning experiences. Teaching about safer practices – e-safety etc.
Ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe. The school has a Safeguarding Team consisting of:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs T Richards
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr S Booth
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Mr N Grimshaw & Mrs F Ali
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. All Volunteers are given our guidance leaflet ‘Guidance for Volunteers & Regular Visitors’ and are directed to the documents: ‘GUIDANCE FOR SAFER WORKING PRACTICE FOR ADULTS WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 2015’ and ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2015’.
Safeguarding Policy (Child Protection Policy)
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern;
- signs of emotional/ mental health problems.