St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Junior School treats its responsibility to ensure children are safe and well wholeheartedly. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2021 2022 which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
CEOP is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people both online and offline.
Every school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection and Safeguarding. The DSL at St Mary Magdalen's is Miss Mc Geoghegan, Deputy Headteacher.
We will continue to send regular updates and reminders throughout the year to our school community. Although all of our staff, community and volunteers are responsible for safeguarding our children every day our safeguarding team includes:
- Miss Mc Geoghegan (Deputy Headteacher) email@example.com
- Miss Fonseca (Executive Headteacher)
- Mrs Obinwanne (Head of School)
- Mrs Fitzpatrick-Patel (Acting Assistant Headteacher)
- Miss Kennedy (Additional Learning Needs Co-Ordinator)
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
The Single Central Record (SCR) is a document maintained by the school to demonstrate that staff have undergone appropriate recruitment and police checks. The SCR is updated as and when new staff are recruited and when they leave their service at St. Mary Magdalen's. Governors, volunteers and regular visitors to the school are also recorded on the SCR.
Keeping our pupils, staff and visitors safe is a top priority. Visitors to the school are required to sign in at the main reception area and are issued with a visitors badge and safeguarding information leaflet. We carry out daily checks on visitors, trades people, entrances and exits, ensuring there is no unauthorised access to our premises. All personnel working at the school, including visitors and volunteers working directly with our children, are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service).
Child Protection training is provided regularly for existing staff and forms part of the induction process for all newly appointed staff. The DSL/ Safeguarding team attend briefings and forums organised by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to receive up to date local information about child protection and safeguarding issues. The DSL/ Safeguarding team also attends training and conferences provided by experts in the field including the NSPCC and the DfE.
The following training has been undertaken by staff:
- Child Protection in Education
- Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE 2021)
- The Prevent Duty
- Safeguarding Young People
- Online Safety
- 3BM Internet Safety Training
- Preventing Bullying
- Raising Awareness of Peer-on-Peer Abuse
- Raising Awareness of Honour-Based Abuse and Forced Marriage
- Female Genital Mutilation Awareness
- Sexual Violence and Harassment between Children and Young People.
If you have any concerns for the safety and well-being of any child, please make an appointment to speak with Miss Mc Geoghegan who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. In an emergency, please call the police without delay.
During school hours: Please call 020 8459 3159 and ask to speak to the DSL/ Deputy Headteacher or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of office hours: Please email email@example.com