Safeguarding at St. Thomas More

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St Thomas More Catholic Primary School recognises the importance of providing a Christian ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.  All those directly connected have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.

Our school safeguarding team comprises of Mrs Ebdon, Mrs Le Breton and Mrs Deamer who can be contacted via the school office should you require advice or support or wish to discuss any worries or concerns you may have about a child.

All staff carry out regular training to enhance their knowledge and are available to speak to should you wish to in confidence.  Staff training comprises of an annual refresher on Safeguarding delivered by the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy, monthly safeguarding bulletins to remain up to date with key issues and recognising signs of abuse, reading of case reviews to establish whether lessons can be learned about the way in which organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and scenarios shared at staff meetings with Class Teachers and Learning Support Assistants to help understand possible issues we may be confronted with and to help identify warning signs that could indicate a child’s welfare is at risk.

Safety is embedded throughout our curriculum and we welcome visits from front line services such as the Fire Service, Police, School Nurse, Social Care, Early Help, NSPCC and more.  Within school, we encourage all children to speak to a trusted adult should they be worried about something at home, at school or online and they have access to a class ‘Worry Box’, our Pastoral Manager, ChildLine posters, Questionnaires, Circle Time and much more.

If you are worried about a child:

If you are worried about a child in Medway we have information, help, support and advice and you may contact the school directly.  Alternatively, members of the public and professionals can use an online referral by completing a form to report any safeguarding concerns about a child or young person.  Once the form has been submitted, it will be reviewed and assessed and necessary action will be taken.  https://www.medway.gov.uk/mscb/info/5/mscb-1/34/worried-child

You can also contact social care via Medway Safeguarding Children’s Partnership on 01634 334466.

Useful Contacts:

MSCP 24 hour emergency number 03000 419 191.

NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

Child Line on 0800 1111

Medway Police on 0162 2690 690

Further advice and support for parents and carers can be found via the link below.  There are various topics such as; Domestic Abuse, Online Safety, Separation & Divorce, Family Matters, Young People, Self-Harm and much more.

https://www.medway.gov.uk/mscb/info/2/advice-parents-carers

 

Key Documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/835733/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2019.pdf

 

Coronavirus Keeping Children Safe - Online Support for Parents & Carers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

 

Working Together to Safeguard Children:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/779401/Working_Together_to_Safeguard-Children.pdf

 

Think You Know:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

NSPCC:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

 

Domestic Abuse & Violence

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/getting-help-for-domestic-violence/

 

Please contact the school should you have any queries or concerns so that we can help you in finding the right support for you and your family.  Our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy can be found in our Policies section on the website.

School Office: 01634 864701

Thank You

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