Safeguarding at St James’ CE Primary School
Safeguarding procedures at Haslingden St James’ CE Primary School are underpinned by three key principles:
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: all staff, governors and volunteers play their full part in keeping our children safe and protecting them from abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns.
We operates a child-centred approach: a clear understanding of the needs, wishes, views and voices of children.
All staff, governors and volunteers have a clear understanding regarding abuse and neglect in all forms; including how to identify, respond and report. This also includes knowledge in the process for allegations against professionals.
As a caring school we foster the welfare of all pupils in creating a happy, safe and secure environment. We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, peer support and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all children. Our school will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure that children know there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.
- Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse, sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism.
- Ensure that wherever possible every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
We seek to support families under our Early Help umbrella, referring and signposting families to support and completing applications (EARLY HELP ASSESSMENT FORM) in this respect within the local authority. We action support at the earliest opportunity through a variety of avenues to be able to fully support our children and families.
Safeguarding is reported termly to Governors via a formal report. Safeguarding procedures are under contact review. Please find the latest Child Protection and Safeguarding policy here.
If you have a safeguarding concern, please speak to one of the DSL’s (Designated Senior Leaders) immediately.