Keeping children safe and happy is at the heart of everything we do at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment, which promotes the social, physical and moral development of every child and therefore we take safeguarding extremely seriously whilst retaining a balanced and human approach.
We have excellent recruitment procedures – every member of staff has full checks and up to date references, as do visiting artists, regular volunteers, supply teachers and governors – and all staff receive appropriate training at regular intervals.
We have policies and practices that focus on ensuring the health and well-being of the children, for example: risk assessments before every class trip, a regularly updated heath and safety policy and staff presence at the school entrance at the start and end of every day.
We have well-established ways of monitoring and responding to incidents of concern, for example: unexplained absences, difficult behaviour and significant changes in physical or emotional appearance.
The ethos of the school is open so that staff, parents and children always feel able to share concerns.
If you have any child protection or safeguarding concerns about a child in this school:
Please refer to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for child protection: Mr Joseph O'Connor (Assistant Head)
If unavailable please speak the Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Alison Amos (Inclusion Manager)
Mrs Bernadette Nesbit (Executive Headteacher) and Mrs Samantha Benson (Head of School) are both Designated Safeguarding Leads
How can families help with keeping children safe?
- Make sure all addresses and contact numbers are up to date;
- If someone different is picking your child up, please let us know;
- Be at school on time every day at 8:45am and 3.20pm;
- Notify the school about your child’s absence – unexplained absences are a key trigger for concern;
- Take full note of the advice to parents if you are accompanying a class trip and ensure that you attend the briefing meeting;
If you would like to see a full copy of our Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policies you can download them below or ask for a copy in the school office. We are happy to talk further with parents.