St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
All staff appointments are subject to the completion of an Enhanced DBS check.
All staff have regular safeguarding training and they, including volunteers, have all read ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. All staff and visitors are made fully aware of the procedures to follow if they are concerned about the wellbeing of a pupil and know who to report those concerns to.
Our Safeguarding Team
We have a team of 4 staff who have all accessed Designated Safeguarding Lead Training with the Local Authority, and regular updates. This is our DSL Team.
If you have any concerns relating to the safeguarding of the children or adults in school then please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs Cashen, via the school office.
Mrs S Cashen Designated Safeguarding Lead Deputy Head Teacher
Canon J Gunn Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead Head Teacher
Mrs D Richards Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead Inclusion Manager
Mrs F Maudsley Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead Assistant Head Teacher
Our link safeguarding governor is Mr David Matthews, who can be contacted via the school office.
Latest Safeguarding Updates
KCSiE 2023 makes reference to DfE guidance for Behaviour in School
Filtering and Monitoring
Schools need to have appropriate and effective filtering and monitoring systems in place. An increased emphasis around filtering and monitoring appears throughout the updated KCSiE 2023. The DSL (s) should understand the filtering and monitoring processes that the school has in place to support online safety. Governors should ensure all staff receive training to understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to filtering and monitoring. Child Protection policies should include how the school approaches filtering and monitoring on school devices and school networks.
Cyber Security standards for schools and colleges
The document includes a link to the DfE cyber security standards for schools and colleges guidance
Children being absent from education for prolonged periods and/or on repeat occasions can act as a vital warning sign to a range of safeguarding issues including neglect, child sexual and child criminal exploitation - particularly county lines. It is important the school or college’s response to persistently absent pupils and children missing education supports identifying such abuse, and in the case of absent pupils, helps prevent the risk of them becoming a child missing education in the future.
Organisations or Individuals using school premises
The updated guidance contains information on organisations and individuals using school premises. It states that schools and colleges may receive an allegation relating to an incident that happened when an individual or organisation was using their school premises for the purposes of running activities for children. It clarifies that as with any safeguarding allegation, schools and colleges should follow their safeguarding policies and procedures, including informing the LADO.
This has been revised to reflect the changes made to Part one. It says that all staff should receive appropriate safeguarding training that includes understanding their expectations, roles and responsibilities around filtering and monitoring as part of online safety
This section has been revised to:
• reiterate the difference between children absent from education and children missing education;
• add attendance to the list of things which can be impacted by mental health;
• replace the word ‘vulnerable’ with ‘susceptible’ with regards to preventing radicalisation;
• clarify that someone referred to Channel will need to provide their consent before any support through the programme is provided;
• reflect the changes in laws relating to forced marriage that came into place in February 2023. It is now a crime to carry out any conduct whose purpose is to cause a child to marry before their 18th birthday, even if violence, threats or another form of coercion are not used. This applies to non-binding, unofficial ‘marriages’ as well as legal marriages; • make reference to multi-agency practice principles in relation to child exploitation.
- make reference to multi-agency practice principles in relation to child exploitation
Although updated a couple of times now, Working Together still has '2018' on the front cover.
September 2022 saw a factual update to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 to reflect recent changes to legislation, including references to:
- Integrated Care Boards replaced Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Public Health England replaced by the UK Health Security Agency and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)
- Domestic Abuse Act 2021
- UK GDPR is the retained EU law version of the GDPR. The UK GDPR sits alongside the Data Protection Act 2018
Early Help Offer
- Family support for a plethora of issues including, housing, finances, emigration and parenting.
- 2 x Drawing and Talking Practitioner
- 2 x ELSA Trained
- Government milk scheme
- Edenred Free school meal vouchers for school holidays
Advice for pupils:
- Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education, but it can also cause harm; to you and to others.
- Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
Advice for parents and carers:
There are several ways to help keep children and young people safe online:
- Educate yourself and children and young people know about the dangers online
- Tell them what they should do if anything goes wrong online or upsets them i.e. tell someone about it
- Explain that anything shared online or by mobile phone could end up being seen by anyone
- Ensure computers and laptops are used where you can see and not out of sight in a bedroom
- Use parental settings, filtering software, and privacy setting to block inappropriate sites and content
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection, or anything related to Internet safety please click the CEOP link at the top of each page on our website which will take you to the CEOP reporting website.