At St Mark's C of E primary School we recognise that all of our children have the right to protection – regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.
We have several members of staff who have undertaken specialist training and take on the roles of Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead (i.e. to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns). Whole school training is given to all staff annually. This may be the statutory training or training around current initiatives in safeguarding and all new staff have induction training in safeguarding.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Hailey Sellins
Deputy Safeguarding Leads-Jane Fendley (Head) Natalie McKenzie (Deputy Head)
Safeguarding Governor – Mrs Amanda Healey
On rare occasions our concerns about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The law requires that schools report any obvious signs or suspected cases of child abuse – which include non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. The procedures are intended to protect children at risk and all schools nationally are expected to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the school staff risks upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers would accept that the staff acted in what were believed to be the best interests of the child.
We also follow the Brighton and Hove Early Help model. You can read about this in the link page here.
NSPCC FGM Helpline 0800 028 3550
National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
If you are concerned about the treatment of a child outside of school, you can do one of these things:
If you are concerned about how a child has been treated in school or are concerned that the conduct of a member of staff is inappropriate, you can do one of these things:
If you are concerned about the safety or well-being of an adult (where children are not involved), you can do one of these things: