The governors and staff, including volunteers, at St Mary Cray Primary Academy fully recognise the responsibility and duty placed on them to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at the school protecting them from harm. We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn and also promote the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual pupil.
What is Safeguarding?
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
What is Child Protection?
- Child protection is part of safeguarding
- It is activity undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm
- Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child
- Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk
Do's and Don’ts when visiting our School
- Do make sure you sign in at reception
- Do make sure we have seen your DBS
- Don’t use your mobile phone on school premises
- Don’t give a child your personal details
- Do only use school equipment for photographs and videos
- Do read the Safeguarding guidance notes
The school recognises its responsibilities and duties to report Child Protection concerns to the social work service within Children’s Specialist Services and to assist Children’s Specialist Services in Child Protection enquiries and in supporting Children in Need. This policy is in line with the London Child Protection Procedures 2010 (4th edition), Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.
The school will raise Child Protection concerns with parents/carers at the earliest appropriate opportunity, and work in partnership with them and other agencies to improve outcomes. The school will ensure that all staff are provided with the appropriate training in Child Protection issues, as recommended in the guidance. In particular designated members of staff will be released to attend the necessary enhanced training courses to enable them to carry out their role effectively.