St. Mary’s Catholic High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and vounteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
Cause for concern
All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Child Protection Officers using a written pro-forma. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible, as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children “disclosing” concerns.
Staff Safeguarding Guidance and Training informs all of the following
• Procedures to safeguard children and young people.
• Awareness-raising about abuse in order to overcome barriers to children and young people reporting their concerns.
• Helping adults recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to conern.
• How to respond to concerns about abuse of children and young people.
• How to respond to children and young people making an allegation of abuse.
• Ways in which adults can raise concerns abut unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
• Specific issues such as ratios, photography and images on the Internet, supporting performers, physical contact, one-to-one coaching, journeys in cars, conduct on school trips, etc.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies are avaiable from school; please ring and request one if you need a copy.
Aso available on this site is parental and pupil guidance with regards to safer internet use; please make use of the links below:
St. Mary’s Catholic High School online safety message.
Including Pupils’ e-safety work and Parent’s powerpoints