St Mary’s continues to treat safeguarding as a high priority to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all children, staff and visitors is given due consideration.
The Single Central Record (SCR) is a document maintained by the school to demonstrate that staff have undergone appropriate recruitment and police checks. The SCR is updated as and when new staff are recruited and when they leave their service at St Mary’s. Governors, volunteers and regular visitors to the school are also recorded on the SCR.
Visitors to the school are required to sign in at the main reception area and are issued with a visitors badge. Visitors who do not have appropriate DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) clearance will not have sole access to children.
All staff are aware that they may see the Designated Safeguarding Lead to discuss any concerns regarding Child Protection/Safeguarding even if the issue seems ‘low level’. Where there is information causing sufficient concern, the matter is discussed between the Safeguarding team and Co-Headteachers to decide if other agencies such as Social Services should be informed of the matter. Where appropriate, parents are informed if the school decides to make a referral to Social Care. In line with their procedures, Social Care may instruct the school that parents should not be informed in particular cases. The school follows Worcestershire Social Care advice with regards to referrals and information sharing.
Child Protection training is provided regularly for existing staff and forms part of the induction process for all newly appointed staff. The Designated safeguarding Lead attends briefings and forums organised by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to receive up to date information about child protection and safeguarding.
All staff should make themselves familiar with the DFE Keeping Children safe in Education 2019 Part 1 document which forms the basis of our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy.