St Bede’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding Officers in school in compliance with the sharing of information guidance.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs R Heard, Deputy Headteacher. She is supported by a team of other teachers and members of the support staff.
If you have any serious concerns about your child, or any other pupil at St Bede’s school, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:
- Cause for concern
Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the school safeguarding team using a written referral proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as, more often than not, there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Officer, Mrs Lukacova. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the safeguarding team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue, the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer.
Further information regarding safeguarding policies (Safeguarding Policy, E-safety Policy and Whistleblowing Policy) can be found here.
Please note that the updated safeguarding policy (to reflect “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016”) is currently under review by governors and an updated version will be on our website in February 2017. In the interim, please also view an addendum which can be accessed HERE.