'The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter childhood successfully.'
(Taken from ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2006, HM Government)
At Holy Cross Primary School we fully recognise our roles and responsibilities for child protection. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school. We use consistent, fair and thorough recruitment and selection procedures that aim to deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children and young people and to ensure that those recruited are suitable to work with them. Our Safeguarding policies apply to all staff, governors and volunteers working in our school.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jo Kingston. The deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Rachael James (Assistant Head) and Mrs Karen Douglas (Attendance and Pastoral support office). Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Dawn Foley
We have a range of Safeguarding Policies which can be found on our Policy page.
The launch of the new Counter Terrorism website ‘Act Early’. https://actearly.uk/
The website is aimed at family and friends and to reach out to communities. The purpose of the site is to increase awareness of the signs of radicalisation, where to go for help and support and to increase understanding and confidence in the referral process.
Also being launched is a National Prevent advice line for friends/family/community members to call - 0800 011 3764. This number will be staffed by Prevent teams to ensure the advice being given is appropriate and consistent.
Counter Terrorism Policing South West is supporting the launch, working with partners and police force Corporate Communications teams to promote the site and campaign. We have been asked to play a part in disseminating these materials in our communities. This is particularly relevant in this current climate with the impact of Covid 19, social isolation and the rise in hateful extremism online.
If you have any questions please contact me.
Are you worried about your own or someone else’s child?
Please ring First Response for help or support.
The number is 0117 903 6444
Do you feel unsafe?
You can ring ChildLine 0800 1111
Or First Response 0117 903 6444 and press option 0.