St Ursula’s continues to treat safeguarding as a high priority to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all children, staff and visitors is given due consideration.
The Single Central Record (SCR) is a document maintained by the school to demonstrate that staff have undergone appropriate recruitment and police checks. The SCR is updated as and when new staff are recruited and when they leave their service at St Ursula’s, Governors, volunteers and regular visitors to the school are also recorded on the SCR.
Visitors to the school are required to sign in at the main reception area and are issued with a visitors badge and Safeguarding Information for Visitors. Visitors who do not have appropriate DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) clearance will not have sole access to children.
All staff are aware that they may see the Education Support Manager to discuss any concerns regarding Child Protection/Safeguarding even if the issue seems ‘low level’. Where there is information causing sufficient concern, the matter is discussed between the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Education Support Manager to decide if other agencies such as Social Services should be informed of the matter.
Where appropriate, parents are informed if the school decides to make a referral to Social Services. In line with their procedures, Social Services may instruct the school that parents should not be informed in particular cases. The school follows Social Services advice with regards to referrals and information sharing.
Child Protection training is provided regularly for existing staff and forms part of the induction process for all newly appointed staff. The Education Support Manager attends briefings and forums organised by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to receive up to date local information about child protection and safeguarding issues. The Education Support Manager also attends training and conferences provided by experts in the field including the NSPCC and the DfE.
All staff are familar with the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document which forms the basis of our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy. The full document can be accessed by clicking here.
You may also wish to view the current Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.