St Mary’s CE School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We believe all staff and visitors have an important and unique role to play in child protection.
At St Marys we believe:
- Schools can contribute to the prevention of abuse
- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
- Children need to be safe and feel safe in school
Designated Safeguarding Lead at St Mary’s,
The Lead DSL, Mr Brian Jones, Head Teacher, is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The Deputy Designated Leads are Mrs Katie Jamieson and Mr Duncan Bromley.
The Designated Governor is Mrs Jo Gill (Chair). These Officers have undertaken the relevant training.
Cause for Concern
Staff are expected to report any causes for concern to the DSL using a written pro-forma. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children “disclosing” concerns.
When the school has concerns about a child, the lead DSL will act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies. In general, we will discuss concerns with parents/carers before approaching other agencies, and will seek their consent to making a referral to another agency. Appropriate staff will approach parents/carers after consultation with the lead DSL. However, there may be occasions when school will contact another agency before informing parents/carers, if the school decides that contacting them may increase the risk of significant harm to the child.
If you have concerns regarding an adult who works with a child then this should be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within one working day. To report a concern to LADO please use the notification form:
LADO – Allegation Notification Form (Doc 92KB)
Send completed forms to the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, using any of the following methods:
(please note: if sending by email we advise that the document should be password protected) How to password protect a document
- Tel: 03003 033892
- Fax: 01768 812090
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: LADO, Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, Skirsgill Depot, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2BQ
LADO Contact Card – click link to download contact details
- Please note if you are worried that a child is at risk of immediate harm please contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727 or see How to refer a child
LADO working hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
- In case of emergency outside of the above hours please contact Emergency Duty Team on 0333 240 1727
Terrorist and Extremist Behaviour
The Single Point of Contact for Prevent is Mr Jones.
Please see our policies section for up to date policy information.
Child Protection information will be dealt with in a confidential manner.
For those working in our school or supporting our children, we offer a safeguarding induction. The following leaflet is provided as part of this induction to ensure everyone is aware of our safeguarding procedures and the importance of safeguarding.