At New Marske Primary School keeping children safe is a top priority for all of our staff. Everyone who comes into contact with children from the caretaker, catering team, volunteers, teachers or admin staff has a role to play to keep all of our pupils safe.
As a school we work from a document called ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (2015). This document sets the requirement that all staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn and that staff have a responsibility to identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
The document establishes that schools should work with other agencies such as social care and the police to ensure that as much as possible is being done to identify and support pupils who are at risk of being harmed. This harm can come in many ways from physical and sexual abuse, neglect through to pupils who are at risk of being exposed to extremism.
As a school we have a number of systems in place to put this document into practise. We have two members of staff who are responsible for safeguarding. Mr Dooris is the designated lead for safeguarding and Miss Cuthbert is the deputy designated lead for safeguarding. We have governors who are responsible for holding the school to account in this area and carry out regular reviews of our procedures to keep children safe. Mrs Rafferty and Mrs Alison Harrison are our safeguarding governors, with our chair of governors, Mrs Yvonne Joy, being the governor responsible for child protection.
In addition to our staff taking on this responsibility, we also use the support of Mr Pete Davies, an education safeguarding consultant, who carries out termly meetings with the nominated and deputy nominated teachers, also reporting to the governing body about safeguarding in school.
One of the main ways we keep pupils safe in school is by having excellent systems in place to pass on any concerns staff have about the wellbeing of pupils. Any visitor who comes into school is provided with a leaflet letting them know about who to contact if they are concerned about any safeguarding issue within school. Teachers use a system call CPOMS (Child Protection and Online Management System) to log any concerns they have about a child. This is immediately passed to the safeguarding team with a decision made about any further action needed.
At the moment there is a consultation about the Keeping Children Safe in Education document, with changes to safeguarding procedures possible from September. As a school we are confident in the procedures we have to protect pupils and are constantly reviewing what we do to ensure that your children are as safe as they can be at New Marske Primary School.