At St. Andrew’s Primary School, we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
It also means that we have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Leads within school. These staff are:
- Mrs Leanne Arrowsmith (Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Officer)
- Mrs Mandy Cousins (Parent Support Advisor and Deputy Safeguarding Officer)
- Denise Killen (Pastoral Support Worker and Level 3 Safeguarding Trained)
- Miss Ella Rice (EYFS Lead, Class Teacher and Level 3 safeguarding Trained)
- Mrs Tiffany Case (Lead Administrator and Level 3 Safeguarding Trained)
All staff receive regular and updated safeguarding training within the stipulated DCC guidelines.
We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Head Teacher. In our school, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head Teacher, then these should be reported in line with the staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ which has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
We also follow Devon’s Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board guidance. We have very clear systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our Designated Safeguarding Leads, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with, and take advice from, the Police or the Mutli-Agency Safeguarding Hub, should the need arise.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all of our children.
If you have any concerns or queries regarding this matter, please speak to any member of staff who will be able to support you. If you would prefer to speak to somebody outside of school, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0345 155 1071.
The internet is utilised during school hours and at home therefore it is essential that everybody understands how to use it safely. We cover internet safety during curriculum lessons and through PSHE, Year 5 and 6 children also have a visit from our local Police Community Support Officers, who come into school to discuss these issues with children as well. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.
Mr Ben Pote (Year 4 Class Teacher) also acts as our Online Safety Co-ordinator. Our school subscribes to the Internet Safety Newsletter which we send to parents every month and our staff receive quarterly updates. When the school becomes aware of any online safety issues that arise with our children outside of school we inform individual parents immediately and children involved receive bespoke educational sessions from our Pastoral Lead.