At St Gregory’s we consider the safeguarding of children to be our most important priority. Children need to feel safe, cared for and valued in order to learn and thrive.
In our school we follow the guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2020 a link for which can be found on this page.
Furthermore St Gregory’s expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which once again is linked from this page.
Mrs Field is our safe guarding lead
Mrs Barge is our deputy safe guarding lead
Both Mrs Field and Mrs Barge regularly attend updates with Dorset Safeguarding board and Mrs Field attended the Dorset Safeguarding conference 2018.
Both Mrs Field & Mrs Barge are Level 3 Safeguarding trained. Mrs Field has also completed training on the new KCSIE 2020 / looked after children training and Safer Recruitment. At any time, either of these members of staff are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Mrs Field / Mrs Barge have both completed their Operation Encompass training and assessments which enables the school to become an Op Encompass setting.
All staff are PREVENT trained and have up to date Safeguarding training.
Mrs Field works closely with our Safeguarding Governor Mrs Kate Hoare.
Each year the Local Authority Safeguarding Audit is completed, which forms an action plan moving forward.
We have worked closely with the Police Community team and have run sessions for parents around internet safety for children. We also have Internet safety days in school, to help all our children become aware of online safety.
COVID-19: Throughout this very difficult time the safety and wellbeing of all our children and their families has been paramount. We are so pleased that the school is now open to everyone and not just our key worker or specific year groups. During the Autumn term Mrs Field / Mrs Barge and all staff at St Gregory’s will be monitoring our children and ensuring that any concerns are dealt with promptly and appropriate action taken.
Internally we are now working with a new system called ‘My Concern’ which allows all staff to file a concern direct to the DSL / DDSL online.
Autumn 2020: Please see below our Child Protection policy which has been updated to link in with the new Keeping Children Safe in Education document September 2020 and also contains a Covid-19 appendix.
Kidsmart – http://www.kidsmart.org.uk
Online activities and resources
Thinkuknow – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
If you are 5, 6 or 7, there is help for you to go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.
If you are 8, 9 or 10 you can find out what is good, look at what’s not and find ways to get yourself out of bad situations.
If you are a parent you can find practical tips and simple guidance to keep your children safe
Childnet – https://www.childnet.com
Top tips, games and internet safety information to help young people get the very best out of the internet and stay safe online
Practical advice for parents to help support children and young people in their safe and responsible use of the internet.
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.
The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and pupils learn from each other.
These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
This page has links to e-safety websites that have lots of information about staying safe on the internet for children, parents and all of St Gregory’s community.