At St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School, we take Safeguarding very seriously and we feel it is important that we work together with parents, carers, families and agencies to help to keep all the children at school safe and well.
Parents/carers are asked to not be offended if we seem to be asking questions – we are doing our job and adhering to our ‘Duty of Care’ in making sure that our children are happy and safe both in and out of school.
Our belief is that, ‘it could happen here’ and we the children’s best interest is our priority.
We work with multi-agencies where necessary to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people. Our and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all staff, volunteers and visitors to our school as safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We follow the Safer Recruitment Policy and the Department of Education guidance: ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. We have a Health and Safety Policy for the practical protection of children and staff and site inspections are conducted on a regular basis by the Caretaker, Leadership team and the Governing Body.
All staff receive extensive Child Protection, Safeguarding and Prevent training and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance appropriate to their position in school on a regular basis.
Safeguarding – People to Contact
Here at St. Mark’s we operate an open door policy. If you are ever concerned about a child please do not hesitate to contact one of the four Designated Safeguarding Leads within school:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Linley, Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs M Hussain, Office Administrator
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Ison, Office Administrator
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Dykes, Sendco
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Ellicott, Deputy Headteacher
We aim to create newsletters with a specific focus on Safeguarding every half-term. The latest newsletters are at the top.