Safeguarding

SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

Our main obligation and aim at St Monica’s Catholic Primary School is to ensure that all children are safe at all times. During the school day, we are privileged to be able to spend time with your children and we build strong relationships with them based on respect and trust. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members are legally obliged to act in the interests of the child.

St. Monica’s Catholic Primary school is committed to ensuring that all our children and young people are safe and feel safe.’

(Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2015)

If you are concerned about the safety of a child, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a Safeguarding Lead at St Monica’s or follow this link for further information ‘What to do if you are worried about a child.’

All staff take part in regular safeguarding training. During the training, all staff are made aware of the latest legislation and reminded of their responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children. Regular training enables staff to identify signs of mistreatment, which may include indications of unreasonable physical chastisement or neglect. This ensures they can identify and highlight children who may be in need of help or protection and refer any concerns to the teachers responsible for safeguarding in the school.

All staff have separate training on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Child Sexual Exploitation and we actively support the Government’s PREVENT Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

If we are sufficiently concerned about the welfare of a child, we are obliged to refer the matter onto the Milton Keynes Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub who then lead any further investigation into the matter with our assistance or the involvement of social workers, the police or other bodies as they see fit.

At St Monica’s, we seek to perform our obligation to recognise, record and report safeguarding issues and we have a clear procedure to follow when we are concerned about the welfare of a child. For further information, please see our child protection policy and an outline of our school’s procedure.

SAFEGUARDING TEAM

Safeguarding Lead
Miss Natalie Shanahan
 
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr Robert O’Malley
 
Safeguarding Team Members
Mrs Alison Cockerill
Mrs Anthea Cosstick

Safeguarding Governor
Father James Cassidy