St Paul’s ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, on and off line, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.
As you are aware, from January 2021 the vast majority of our students will not be attending school as normal, and will be accessing lessons online. There are a small number of students who are attending on a daily basis, namely those who are children of critical workers or have been deemed vulnerable. Below we have shared an updated addendum to our existing safeguarding policy to take into account the current context. We would like to reassure you that the continued safety and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. We have provided some resources supporting parents and students to stay safe online, given the increased amount of time young people are spending there currently. We are also regularly reminding our students of the importance of online safety and how to report a concern they might have using the email link below:
Most importantly, If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger, ring the police on 101.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a child please call the school and ask to speak to a DSL. If out of school hours call Duty and Assessment Social Care on 0116 454 2004.
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Deputy Safeguarding Lead|
|Mr A Curran (e-mail)||Mr N. Cockcroft (e-mail)|
You can find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy here
Children and young people can experience are range of difficulties at any time in their life. Early help is for children and young people of any age and can come from all kinds of services and organisations who work together to support the family. You might be using some of these services already, but we want to make sure they are providing the right support for you and your family’s needs.
You can request targeted support if you have concerns about your child’s health, development or behaviour.
The request can be made by yourself or with the support of a teacher, health professional or support worker. During the assessment, you will be fully involved and listened to which will help find the right support that you, your child and family may need.
For more information about Early Help come and chat to us or for outside school, contact 0116 454 5899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think a child is in immediate danger
Don’t delay – call the police on 999,
or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.