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Safeguarding

St-Helen’s Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. We believe that:

  • All children have the right to be protected from harm;
  • Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school;
  • Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;
  • All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs;
  • All children must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;
  • All children have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child will achieve better educationally;
  • Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, radicalisation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours; and
  • All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.

Safeguarding is defined as

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

St-Helen’s Primary school will fulfil their local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:

 

 

Our Safeguarding policies can be found here

We recently delivered a workshop on how to keep children safe . Workshops held reinforced important messages how we can keep children safe in and out of school. The power point shared at the workshop can be found here

Roles & Responsibilities

Key personnel at St-Helen's are:

  • Safeguard Designated Lead (DSL): Linda Van Biljon
  • Deputy Safeguard Designated Lead / SPOC: Gael Hicks
  • Children Sexual Exploitation: Linda Van Biljon
  • Early Help Lead: Ann Bullock
  • Online Safety: Claire O'Sullivan
  • Child Protection / Safeguarding Governor: Sue Doherty
  • DSL Trained: Ann Bullock / Claire Doherty