It is the duty of everyone within our school community to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and at St. Teresa’s we take this responsibility very seriously.
If you have a concern about a child, you should speak with the class teacher. If you feel that a child may be at risk of harm you should inform:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr A Schilling, Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr D Hunter, Assistant Headteacher
If you are worried about the conduct of the safeguarding leads you may contact our safeguarding governor
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs J Lloyd
Harm to children is identified in 4 ways:
Physcial harm: When a child is deliberately hurt or injured
Sexual harm: When a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual act or look at inappropriate images
Emotional harm: When a child is made to feel frightened, unloved or being encouraged to support extremist ideas that are part of ideology.
Neglect: When a child’s needs are not being met, for example: poor diet, poor hygiene, being left alone, not attending school or not attending appointments.
You must inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately if you have ANY concerns about:
- Something a child says
- Marks or bruising on a child
- Unusual or changes in a child’s behaviour
If a child discloses information to you then you must take the following action:
- Do not communicate any information to anyone other than the safeguarding lead.
- Do not discuss your concerns with the child, do not prompt or ask leading questions and do not carry out an investigation
- Do not promise confidentiality; explain to the child that you need to share the information with someone if you are worried about their safety.
- Record what the child says on the appropriate form
If you are unable to locate the Designated Safeguarding Leads, ask a member of the school office staff to find them and to ask to speak with them immediately about a confidential and urgent matter.
For further guidance, the school’s child protection policy can be found in the office or on the school’s website under the ‘policies’ tab.
If you are concerned about a member of staff, a child’s parent, carer or a volunteer you should report your concern immediately to the Headteacher. If you concern is about the Headteacher you should pass the information to the Chair of the Governing Body.
Unless the concern is related to the school, we must be informed if you refer a concern directly to Trafford’s Safeguarding Team (MARAT – 0161 912 5125)
Our school is part of a project, which is run between Trafford Local Authority, schools and Greater Manchester Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is available to liaise with children's services and the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.
The Key Adults at St. Teresa's RC Primary School are Mr Schilling and Mr Hunter.
If they receive an Encompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help - if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.
The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.
Our aim is to support children and their families.