Safeguarding Our Children
Guide us O God to be the best we can be; in every thought, in every word and every deed
We take the safeguarding of our pupils very seriously here at St Mary and St Andrew's Primary School.
Support by our Safeguarding Governor, Mrs Audrey Swann Mrs Sarah Roach, the Headteacher, is the Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead. Our primary consideration is that of the child and their wellbeing, be that physically, mentally or emotionally. All incidents, comments and allegations will be fully investigated and where necessary, referred to the appropriate local authority team via the MASH (multi agency safeguarding hub) and LCSC (Lancashire Children's Social Care).
Our Safeguarding policy and procedures, which can be found in the policies section of our website, comply with:
- Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/64f0a68ea78c5f000dc6f3b2/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2023.pdf
- Working Together to Safeguard Children https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/working-together-to-safeguard-children-changes-to-statutory-guidance/guide-for-children-and-young-people-working-together-to-safeguard-children
- Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership https://www.safeguardingpartnership.org.uk/
A referral can be made by anyone, including members of the public if they have concerns regarding the safety of a child. Within the school, a referral will be made by one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads. If you have any concerns regarding the wellbeing of a child, please call Lancashire Children's Social Care - you can do this anonymously if you wish. Please see details below.
Early help, also known as early intervention, is support given to a family when a problem first emerges. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person’s life.
Early help services can be delivered to parents, children or whole families, but their main focus is to improve outcomes for children. For example, services may help parents who are living in challenging circumstances provide a safe and loving environment for their child. Or, if a child is displaying risk-taking behaviour, early help practitioners might work with the child and their parents to find out the reasons for the child’s behaviour and put strategies in place to help keep them safe. Providing timely support is vital. Addressing a child or family’s needs early on can reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in a child’s life (Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), 2021).
If you feel you would like some help or support via Early Help then please contact Mrs Roach at school.
More information is available here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/practitioners/supporting-children-and-families/early-help-assessment/
Concerned about a Child?
Call 0300 123 6720 or out of hours 0300 123 6722.
If you think a child is in immediate danger – don't delay call the police on 999.
The NSPCC website has advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect.
Adverse childhood experiences
Please watch this video to help understand the impact negative experiences in childhood can have in adulthood. Our staff are trained in identifying indicators of adverse childhood experiences and follow strict guidelines of how to report them.
In conjunction with Lancashire Police, St Mary & St Andrew's Catholic Primary School is involved in a national initiative called, “Operation Encompass”. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. The reporting Police Officer will contact school before 9am on the next school day to ensure that the child/children is warmly welcomed into school, given a safe space to talk - if needed - and that communication between the family and school is strong.
Following an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to help and support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can help and support students and their families within our school when they need us most.
You can find out more information by visiting the Operation Encompass website (click the button below) or by contacting Mrs Roach or Mrs Jones at school.