Keeping Safe at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.
Safeguarding and promoting the Welfare of children is defined as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes;
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2014)
If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact our Safeguarding team:
Designated Lead Head Teacher – Mrs M. Loftus
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Pastoral Care Manager (Operation Encompass Contact Mrs H Grier)
Assistant Head Teacher Mrs J Walsh
Safeguarding Governor Mrs H Lockley
To see all of our safeguarding information please go to Key information and follow our safeguarding tab.
For more information see below.
If you think that bullying is just a part of everyday school life, you’re wrong. No-one deserves to be bullied and you shouldn’t ignore the problem.
Think U Know is a set of resources developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre at website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk to help educate young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.
Know IT All is a set of resources developed by Childnet International at website: www.childnet-int.org/kia to help educate parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
CEOP work to encourage all organisations that have an online presence where children and young people congregate to adopt the CEOP ‘Report Abuse’ mechanism. You can report abuse at website: www.ceop.gov.uk/saferbydesign/reportabuse.asp.
A national charity that works for, and with, parents. It works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services.
tel: 0808 800 2222
Helps all kinds of families to cope with a wide range of issues including poverty, abuse, and homelessness.
tel: 01268 520224
Gives information for parents on a range of ways children can be bullied including cyber bullying and gives advice on keeping children safe online.
tel: 020 7730 3300
Missing Person Helpline
Whether you are missing yourself, or have been affected by the disappearance of a loved one, you can contact the missing person helpline whenever and however you want
phone or text: 116000 (24 hours)
National Drugs Helpline
tel: 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour free advice)
tel: 0845 4647
Offers some helpful information for parents and carers on a range of issues, such as internet safety, protecting children at home and positive parenting tips.
tel: 0808 800 5000
Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
Free E learning course for parents and carers on Child Sexual Exploitation aimed at raising awareness, identifying signs and providing advice on what to do if you have concerns. Go to the website at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk and follow the simple registration process.
Women’s Aid Federation
The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
tel: 08457 023 468
Information and support for parents on how to help with your child’s learning, including advice on choosing a school and finding childcare.
What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats. E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).
The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Three key themes
The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:
- Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
- Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
- Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities
The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.
Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism.
How you can help?
It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:
- You can get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation
- You can speak to your local officers or Prevent contact about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together
- You can provide facilities that could help us and our partners hold community engagement events.
- What to do if youre worried a child is being abused
- Level of Need Safeguarding
- Information Sharing Advice Safeguarding Practitioners DFE
- Sexual Exploitation Disturbing Signs Leaflet
- Prevent Strategy DFE
- Barnardo's Report CSE