At St Mary's, the safeguarding of our pupils is a core role. To this end we publish our safeguarding statement for all our families and stakeholders to know, understand and use. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at St Mary's is the head teacher, Alison Langridge. The deputy DSLs are Jo Cass (senior teacher), Sue Beere (FLO) and Katie Beiser (Preschool Lead). This information is highlighted on the noticeboard in the school entrance. Please contact us if you have a safeguarding concern -
safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
Cause for Concern
All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Safeguarding Lead using our on line recording system known as CPOMS. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns. On occasion concerns will be directed to the MASH team who support schools with more serious concerns. Whilst we try to engage with parents during these referrals, we may be advised by the MASH team not to do so because of the investigations that may be required.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the class teachers and the school office. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored closely by the Family Liaison Officer (FLO) who may refer any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Leads. Parents and carers will always be informed of concerns around attendance and may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting (SAM) with the FLO and head teacher in order for the school to offer support in improving attendance and punctuality. Persistent and/or unexplained absence from school is a safeguarding cause for concern and will be treated seriously.
Absence During Term Time
Holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are good reasons for doing so. Any requests for absence from school must be made in writing to the headteacher. Unauthorised absences will be followed up by the school as an unexplained absence from school could be a safeguarding issue.
The NSPCC Safeguarding in Education Update for December 2020
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