St Winifred's RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding all our children. We believe that children have a right to learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment. Children have a right to be protected from all types of abuse. All staff at St Winifred's are all highly trained in Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty. Staff are vigilant in looking for signs of abuse and know how to apply our robust safeguarding procedures. There is a safeguarding culture evident throughout our school.
Our Designated Safeguarding Team is listed below:
Safeguarding Governor: Mr V Brady
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs A O'Dwyer
Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Miss K Dommett
We adhere to all statutory guidance listed below:
Keeping Children Safe In Education
Working Together to Safeguard Children
What To Do If You're Worried A Child Is Being Abused
Information Sharing for Practitioners
Our Safeguarding Curriculum
Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British Values are a core aspect aspect of our work at St Winifred's RC Primary School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum is enriched with opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.
Through our personal development provision, our PSHE and RSE curriculum covers all areas of safeguarding through each of the strands. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects are taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group level or 1:1 level where a need arises. We challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their physical health and mental wellbeing. We give children opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities in order that they develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British Values and prevent radicalisation and extremism.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
- Prevention: positive, supportive, safe culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures.
- Protection: following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to recognise and respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns.
- Partnership: to ensure timely, appropriate communications and actions are undertaken by collaborating with the right people at the right time where there are safeguarding concerns.
- Support: for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific interventions are required for those who may be at risk of harm
Here are some examples of the work we do to ensure children remain safe:
- Online safety lessons and pupil digital leaders in school
- Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
- “Stranger Danger”, being safe in the outdoors, what to do if?
- What to do if you are separated from your group (in relation to school visits)
- Robust anti-bullying policy and procedures
- Positive Relationships Policy
- Health and Safety policies and procedures including risk assessments
- Weekly Health and Safety check walks conducted by the safeguarding governor, headteacher and site supervisor and daily checks undertaken by the site supervisor
- Relationship and Sex Education Policy
- Year 6 Bikeability and road safety awareness workshops for other year groups
- Fire awareness visits from the local fire service and fire drills
- Visits to school from medical staff/ outside agencies
- Work with local health services re immunisations and health emergencies
- Computing, PSHE, DT, Science and PE policies and schemes of work which include safety guidelines and risk assessments
- PHSE Policy and themes which include strategies for developing self-esteem and confidence
- Regular pupil voice activities seeking children’s views on safety and ensuring they understand safety rules
- School/Eco Council is proactive in listening to other children’s views and acting upon their ideas
- Talks from dental hygienists, nurses, police, road safety officers, fire fighters which extend the children’s knowledge of staying safe and healthy
- Hats and cream worn for sun protection and the use of the outdoor environment in all weathers to promote health and well-being.
- Safeguarding induction procedures for new staff and volunteer helpers.
- Fruit and water are made available for all KS1 children on a daily basis. All children have access to drinking water.
- Our Jigsaw PSHE scheme curriculum includes units which celebrate diversity, caring for others and making healthy choices.
- Two hours of PE each week, swimming and water safety lessons and other opportunities for competitive sport.