St Edwards Catholic

Safeguarding Statement

At St Edward's Catholic Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to learn and enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We work in partnership with parents and carers to help children achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they will be a part of in the future.

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council as governed by current legislation.

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002, and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” September 2016, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection and an additional DSL, who are members of the senior management team, and have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.

Occasions do arise when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.

On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.

The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or policy, please speak to the headteacher. The Policy can be found on the school website or through the school office.

 For additional information, please visit the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board's website: www.bucks-lscb.org.uk.

School Contacts

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs. S. Harris

01296 424 544

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs. J. Heritage

01296 424 544

Additional Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs. A. Loxley

01296 424 544

 Out of hours contacts

First Response

0845445 600 001

Social Care  Out of Hours

0800 999 7677

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