What does safeguarding in school mean?
Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. St Mary Cray Academy keeps all its children and families safe by:
- creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
- ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children
- making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
- teaching children and young people about staying safe
- Maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
Types of abuse:
- Domestic abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Online abuse
- Physical abuse
- Child sex exploitation
- Female genital mutilation
- Bullying and cyber bullying
- Child trafficking
- Harmful sexual behaviour
- Extremism and radical behaviour
An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. And it can increasingly happen online.
All external doors and gates have access controls or locks. This is to ensure that no-one can get into school without speaking to a member of the office team. All staff members have identity badges and visitors are asked to wear a school pass which must be displayed when they sign in at the school office. Anyone seen in school without identification will be challenged as to the purpose of their visit. The school has a guide for all visitors and staff with strict policies and instructions to ensure the safety of all children and staff.
Anyone who works with children requires an enhanced DBS check. All staff and regular volunteers undergo an enhanced DBS check before they can work with children in the school or on visits etc. Temporary staff and contractors are checked in accordance with nationally agreed procedures.
We have a large number of staff trained as paediatric first aiders and a number of staff who have completed a full two day fully certified First Aid Training Course.
The school takes all case of bullying seriously and we have a robust policy that can be found on our website. We ensure that we:
Investigate record, respond, prevent, review and monitor.
If you have any concerns about bullying please talk to your child’s teacher or any member of the Senior Leadership Team – Mrs Bild (Head teacher), Mr Frost (Deputy Head teacher) , Mrs O’Leary (Assistant Head teacher) or, Ms Khan (Family Service Leader)
All staff must complete regular child protection training where they are told what to do if they have a concern. If you have a concern about a child then please talk to Mrs Bild or Ms Khan who are responsible for Safeguarding. Child protection concerns may have to be shared with other professionals. The school has a clear Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our website or you can obtain a paper copy from the school office. If you have a concern about a member of staff you should discuss it with Mrs Bild or Mrs Brinkley