St. Cuthbert's RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This commitment remains the same in the difficult circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. During this period the principles and practices of the school’s Safeguarding Policy will continue to apply.
In order to ensure the safety and welfare of children whilst working in extraordinary circumstances, the school will adhere to the DfE coronavirus guidance:
In practice, the following procedures will apply:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
There will always be a nominated DSL or Deputy DSL available, either on site or contactable by phone. Where a DSL or Deputy is not on site, a senior leader will take responsibility for safeguarding on site if the school is open.
The name and contact details of the ‘duty’ DSL will be shared with staff via email prior to the start of each week.
Pupils or parents with a safeguarding concern should email Mrs Joanne Wilson (Designated Safeguarding Lead) firstname.lastname@example.org or Miss Marie Bartlett email@example.com who will respond to any concerns within 6 hours or forward the concern to the ‘duty’ DSL or Deputy DSL. They are also contactable on the following phone numbers:
Headteacher - Mrs Wilson - 07487869590
Deputy Head – Mrs Daly - 07563815403
Parental Support Adviser – Miss Bartlett - 07716782519
Hartlepool First Contact: 01429 284284
Emergency Duty Team: 08702402994
NSPCC whistle blowing 08000280285
Local Authority Designated Officer: Phil Curtis.
Direct line 01429 401844
Secure email firstname.lastname@example.org
The school will continue to work with and support children’s social workers and local authority virtual school heads to help protect vulnerable children. This will include liaising with relevant providers and ensuring that vulnerable children can attend school where appropriate. If circumstances prevent a vulnerable child from attending school, then a ‘care phone call’ or visit will be made to the home of the child to check on their well-being on a weekly basis. Cpoms will be updated as usual.
Pupils and staff on site
The school will continue to be a safe place for children to attend. We will ensure that appropriate staff are on site to maximise safety, and refer to Government guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing and to advice from Public Health England on handwashing and other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Pupils on site will be registered and the school will follow up on any absence of a pupil expected to attend. Where a vulnerable child does not take up their place at school, or discontinues, the school will notify their social worker.
The school will also maintain a record of all staff/volunteers on site on any given day.
The school will provide a safe environment for online learning. All pupils and staff must remind themselves of and strictly adhere to the Acceptable Use Agreements and Online Safety Policy. Facebook groups will be closed and private and regulated by the teacher as admin.
We recognise that school can be a safe and protective place for children, and that the current circumstances could affect the mental health of pupils and their parents. Staff will be in regular contact with pupils and will continue to be vigilant for signs of safeguarding risk or emotional distress.
Safeguarding concerns should be reported to the DSL as outlined above. Staff are reminded of the need to report any concern immediately and without delay.
Pastoral concerns will be addressed initially by the class teacher, who may involve the pastoral team depending on the nature of the issue.
All safeguarding and pastoral concerns will be logged on CPOMS in the usual manner.
Pupils or parents with a pastoral concern should contact their Class Teacher, via email, in the first instance.
Where a pupil is already known to the school as being in need, or is in receipt of pastoral-type support in school, the DSL will ensure that a communication and support plan is in place for that child. This may include email or phone contact. The plan will be reviewed regularly and where concerns arise the DSL will consider any referrals as appropriate.
Where children move between schools, welfare and child protection information will be shared as required.
Working in partnership
We continue to work closely with our local safeguarding partners and other local agencies and follow all DFE guidance regarding safeguarding under the COVID19 restrictions.