St Laurence Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
Staff work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure. The curriculum is designed to ensure opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse. Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent supportive response.
In recognising our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection, as a school we:
• have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure.
• aim to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children and staff with the skills needed to keep children safe.
• develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
• establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.
If you would like to know more about our policy or procedures for Safeguarding, please speak to Mrs Clare Clark, Headteacher or Mrs Veronica Harvey, Deputy Head (Pastoral) our designated staff for Child Protection.
We hope that parents/carers, appreciate how difficult it can be for schools to carry out this significant responsibility and understand that the Headteacher always acts in the child’s best interests.
"Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child."
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016