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’ 2022 a link for which can be found on this page.
Our updated Child Protection Policy which follows KCSIE 2022 is also available on this page.
Furthermore St Gregory’s expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All staff have regular updated training.
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 Williams is our safe guarding lead
Mrs Cook-Paine is our deputy safe guarding lead
Mrs Williams is our long standing Designated Safeguarding lead. Mrs Williams is also Level 3 Safeguarding trained and has completed training on the new KCSIE 2022 / looked after children training and Safer Recruitment.
Mrs Cook-Paine – who is new to the role will be completing her Level 3 training this Autumn. She has experience of attending Child protection conferences and working with our internal ‘My Concern’ safeguarding system. She has updated training yearly and works closely alongside Mrs Williams on safeguarding issues.
At any time, either of these members of staff are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Mrs Williams has completed her Operation Encompass training and assessments which enables the school to become an Op Encompass setting. Mrs Cook-Paine will be completing this during the Autumn term
All staff are PREVENT trained and have up to date Safeguarding training.
Mrs Williams 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.
Internally we are working with a system called ‘My Concern’ which allows all staff to file a concern direct to the DSL / DDSL online.
Autumn 2022 – our new Child Protection Policy will be put up following Governor approval.
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.