Safeguarding is the action that we take to promote the welfare of the children in our care and to protect them from harm. We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any child in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Child protection promotes the rights and welfare of all children. All schools have designated Child Protection members of staff who are responsible for dealing with concerns which may arise. For more details, please request a copy of our Safeguarding policy. You can also find this on our website: www.stjosephs775.herts.sch.uk/statutory/policies or contact the school office.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Child Protection is Linda Payne.
The Deputy Safeguarding Leads and Designated Teacher for Child Protection is Sue Seaholme.
Three members of staff have completed Level Two and Three Safeguarding Training, led by the Hertfordshire HSCB (Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board). We also highlight our responsibilities to protect children from harm online and Jenny Winterman is our E-Safety lead in the school. All staff recruitment panels include at least two people who have completed appropriate ‘Safer Recruitment in Education’ training.
All staff (teachers, teaching assistants, midday assistants, admin staff and the site manager) have completed Level One Safeguarding Training (this training is annually reviewed) and all staff, governors, students and volunteers have a clear, enhanced DBS check.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Sometimes, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/ carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.