Safeguarding & Child Protection
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children and at Our Lady and St. Teresa's we take that responsibility very seriously. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Each school and college should have a designated safeguarding lead who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children's social care.
The Teachers' Standards 2012 state that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard children's wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.
The designated senior person for safeguarding and child protection is the Headteacher - Mrs Enstone
The deputy designated senior person for safeguarding and child protection is the SENCo - Mrs Ridges and Mrs Friend