Safeguarding and Child Protection
The safety and well-being of the children at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School is our first priority. Children cannot learn unless they feel happy and safe. We adhere to stringent Safeguarding procedures to protect the welfare of all the children who come here.
We are committed to:
- Establishing an ethos in which children feel secure, valued and confident of being listened to
- Giving children the confidence to talk to adults in the school about abuse and to make disclosures to them.
- Establishing relationships with parents that build on an understanding of the school’s responsibility to protect children (and recognition that this may sometimes require referral of individual children to other child protection agencies).
- Establishing appropriate expectations of interpersonal behaviour; and developing strategies to help children to protect themselves.
- Providing training for staff in recognising signs, symptoms and behaviour which are symptomatic of abuse and in responding appropriately
- Establishing good procedures and practices in relation to record keeping
It is the moral and legal duty of all adults in charge of children to be ready to protect children in danger from abuse. Education staff have a responsibility to observe, monitor and refer suspected abuse.
Any member of staff suspecting child abuse or neglect must refer their suspicions to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Member of the Safeguarding Team who will then refer to the appropriate agency if required.
It is important that staff are aware that many more children experience abuse than are registered as requiring protection. It is therefore essential that school staff are vigilant in identifying abuse.
Our Safeguarding Team
Senior Designated Person for Child Protection: Mrs Maria Miles
Deputy Designated Person: Mrs J McGrath
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Marie Yates
SENCO: Mrs Maria Miles
Pastoral Support: Mrs K Goodwin
Online Safety: Mrs S Jauncey
A copy of our Safeguarding children Policy can be found on the Policies section of this website along with our Online Safety Policy and Keeping Children Safe in Education Document.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At Our Lady Queen of Peace we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. To learn more about how British Values are delivered at Our Lady Queen of Peace please click here
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP).
All our staff have received WRAP training sessions from West Mercia Police on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
Senior Leaders have also completed the the full training on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).
Other useful Numbers:
NSPCC: 0808 800 500
Childline: 0800 1111