St Mary’s Catholic High School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns, which they may have about their own safety or the well being of others. Safeguarding relates to all aspects of school life including: pupils’ health and safety, the use of reasonable force, meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions, providing first aid, educational visits, internet or e-safety and appropriate arrangements to ensure school security as well as protecting children from deliberate harm.
The School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy draws upon all of the following:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016)
- Department for Education Working Together To Safeguard Children, (March 2015)
- What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused -Guidance & Advice for practitioners (March 2015) Information sharing Guidance & Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (March 2015)
- Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
- OFSTED – Safeguarding in schools: best practice, September 2012
- Relevant sections of the Children Act (2004)
The policy is applicable to all on and off-site activities undertaken by pupils whilst they are the responsibility of the school. At St Mary’s we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.