‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day’.
The safety of our children is of paramount importance to all staff, governors and community members in our school. The attached information provides our policies on how we ensure the safety of our children across all aspects of children’s school and their wider lives.
The school also 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 child protection 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 services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter or make enquiries.
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 interests of the child.
Runnymede St. Edward's Catholic Primary School will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment.
Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of children in our school, please contact either:
Mr. Jamie Long – Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Kate Peaston– Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Chantelle Carey – Governor responsible for Safeguarding
By signing our visitor book you are agreeing to follow the school’s safeguarding advice to visitors and where appropriate the code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.
Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong.
You don’t have to be absolutely certain; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.
Following these simple steps and reporting your concerns to your local council or school safeguarding team could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.
If you think it, report it.