At St Theresa's school we have a child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. All practitioners make sure their approach is child-centred. This means they consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
If children and families at St Theresa’s School are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns will be discussed with parent or carer firstly unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s prevent duty to counter radicalism and extremism.
We have a number a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. For full details regarding our child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures please refer to the respective policies on our school policies page or click on the link below.
Useful numbers are listed below:
National Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0800 800500
Women’s Aid: 0845 023 468
Samaritans: 0845 790 9090
KIDSCAPE (Preventing Bullying Protecting Children): 0207 730 3300 or 08451 205
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247