Safeguarding Information

Safeguarding at St Alban’s

 

St Alban’s school follows all Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures according to legal guidance and Camden Local Authority. The safety and wellbeing of the children is our key priority.

 

All staff attend training annually in order to ensure that everyone is up to date with the most current Safeguarding and Child Protection legislation.

 

The school has a rigorous monitoring system in place in order to track pupils’ safety and wellbeing. This could at times include contacting Social Care or other outside agencies, if concerns are raised. The school will always endeavour to continue good communication with parents with regards to any concerns.

 

The local authority requires Headteachers to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse - which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Headteachers risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers, appreciating how difficult it is for Headteachers to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what were believed to be the child's best interest.

 

All concerns should be referred immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Rebecca) or in her absence the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Jayne or Elaine).

Please find a copy of the Safeguarding and Child Protection policy in the “Key Information” section, under “Policies”.

 

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Designated Safeguarding Leads  1 Rebecca Huges Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Safeguarding Leads  2 Elaine Cowin Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Safeguarding Leads  3 Jayne Andrews Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Designated Safeguarding Leads  4 Father Guy Safeguarding Governor

Online Safety

Children have regular online safety lessons half termly and online safety is built into every unit taught in the Computing curriculum.

Posters are displayed next to every computer in the school so that pupils and staff are reminded of how to keep safe online.

We hold an annual online safety meeting for parents to discuss online safety issues and to provide information on the most up to date guidance. Below are links that you may find useful. These include websites for children to use and information on how to keep your children safe online.

 

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Equality and Accessibility

 

 

St Alban’s C.E Primary and Nursery School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

 

We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.

 

We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

 

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics).

 

This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or their families, or treat them less favourably, because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, age, or marriage/civil partnership.

 

 

Risk Assessment

 

We undertake two main forms of risk assessment at St Alban’s:

 

Day to day

Staff at the school undertake daily assessments in order to reduce or eliminate risks to children. One form of risk assessment is the home/school agreement that all parents are required to sign once they accept a place here at St Alban’s. This form of risk assessment covers day to day activities such as visits in the local area, visitors coming into school and photographs being taking within the school day.

 

Trips and residential activities

The London Borough of Camden has adopted the OEAP National Guidance and Evolve for its Guidance for Off-Site Visits and Related Activities and learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) activities. St. Alban’s Primary School also uses this Guidance when planning and taking children on school visits. This is a detailed risk assessment that covers a wide range of associated risks.

It can be found on the Evolve system at:

https://evolve.edufocus.co.uk/evco/assets/camden/2016%20camden%20final.pdf