St Mary’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed by clicking the link underneath.
When we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, we will ensure that this is discussed with parents/cares first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare, in line with Legislation.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
There is a current threat from terrorism in the UK and this can include the exploitation of vulnerable young people, aiming to involve them in terrorism or to be active in supporting terrorism. All staff seek have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into Terrorism and draw upon The Prevent Duty Guidance, DfE Guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2015”; and specifically DCSF Resources “Learning Together to be Safe”, “Prevent: Resources Guide”, “Tackling Extremism in the UK”, and DfE’s “Teaching Approaches that help Build Resilience to Extremism among Young People” and have all undertaken "Prevent" training.
When operating this policy, we will use the following accepted Governmental definition of extremism which is:
‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members in our armed forces, whether in this country or oversees’.
Staff have training that gives them knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, and to challenge extremist ideologies. Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent but non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists can exploit.
Concerns should be referred to the Designated Child Protection Person who has local contact details for Prevent and Channel referrals. They will also consider whether circumstances require the police to be contacted. http://www.partnersinsalford.org/asg-extremism.htm provides further information.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
National Online Safety
As you are aware being safe online is extremely important. With new apps and games being realised on a daily basis it is sometimes hard to keep track of which ones are safe for our children to use and which ones we need to avoid.
National Online Safety is a great resource that keeps you up to date with all the latest games and apps. They often make posts informing parents about different games and apps. Some examples of posts lately have been about how to make sure your location is not being shared if you are using Snapchat while another post was all about how to make sure children stay safe when playing Fortnite.
For more posts and up to date information please follow them on Twitter or Facebook at ‘National Online Safety’.
We have been made aware of a website called ‘Chat Avenue’. This is a very unsafe site for children to visit especially unsupervised. Please double check which website your children are visiting.
Remember everyone stay safe online.
St Mary's Primary school also encourages parents and children to visit the CEOP website (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) www.thinkuknow.co.uk to build knowledge of how to stay safe online. This website has lots of fun activities which children can gain vital information on staying safe, and also a direct link in order to report an issue.
Please click the link below to go straight to this site:
For urgent Child Protection/Safeguarding advice:
- The Bridge Partnership on 0161 603 4500
- Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0161 794 8888