Our school Safeguarding Officers are Miss Carroll and Mr Cushion
If you have any concerns regarding a child in our school you should report these concerns immediately to one of the above people.
Concerns may include physical injury to a child, child who is more quiet and withdrawn than usual, lateness, poor attendance and a change in appearance (dirty clothing etc) or a child who is visibly upset.
If a child discloses something to you or you have any concerns regarding a child within our school, please pass the information on to one of the Safeguarding officers immediately.
Miss Carroll and Mr Cushion will then investigate the concerns further and inform you of the outcome.
The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships, how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
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 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. 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.
The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
*Safeguarding priorities 2016/2017 – Whole school staff safeguarding training covering all aspects of safeguarding covering, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), PREVENT (Anti-Terror), Online Safety, Child Sexual Exploitation, including ‘Sexting’ and Online grooming.
E Safety at St Laurence’s
Children at our school use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular eSafety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.