At St. Mary’s, we aim to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, which secures the well-being and very best outcomes for the children in our care. We have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the well-being of children.
St Mary’s recognises the importance of creating and maintaining a safeguarding culture that will help all pupils to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.
We are committed to providing an environment where children can play, learn, develop and achieve and where they are safeguarded and are enabled to disclose if they are being harmed in some way. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that all pupils receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our school core safeguarding principles are:
That schools are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) have equal rights to protection regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity.
All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies.
All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance.
Please read the following documents to gain a wider understanding of Safeguarding at St. Mary’s.
(to be read alongside the school Safeguarding policy)
Islington Safeguarding Children Board (ISCB) is a multi-agency body responsible for ensuring that agencies work well together to safeguard and protect children and young people from harm, and improve their welfare and well-being.
Information Sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers Information Sharing
What to do if you’re Worried a Child is being Abused: