Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Nursery and Primary School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment. The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need.’
At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Nursery and Primary School we strongly believe in and adhere to current safeguarding legislation which our practice reflects:
‘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-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’ (Department for Education – DfE 2016)
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Nursery & Primary School is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our children. we have a detailed Child Protection Policy that explains the procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. The Designated Safeguarding Lead for our school is Mrs McDermott and the Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Hillsdon and Mrs Sillitoe.
Mrs McDermott can be contacted at the school on 01704 568375 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs McDermott is supported by a dedicated team of staff, who will be more than happy to help with any concerns you may have.
Additional guidance can be found in the DFE ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) document.
This guidance applies to all schools and is primarily for:
headteachers, teachers and staff
governing bodies, proprietors and management committees
It sets out the legal duties you must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.