Child Protection and Safeguarding

Statutory Information: Child Protection Procedures

Child Protection and Safeguarding:

Changes in the law, notably the Children’s Act (1989), means that the staff in schools have a duty to report any concerns that a child may be suffering significant harm, particularly, as a result of abuse. It is a DfE requirement that the school nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. In Leeds schools this person is known as the Child Protection Teacher (CPT). The CPT and the Head receive professional training in this area, and staff will deal with all these matters in complete confidentiality. Mrs Strong, Mrs Speight and Mrs Gibbons share the role of CPLT at St Theresa’s and they will deal with all Child Protection Issues. Mrs Doris McGee is the Governor with specific responsibility for Child Protection.

The school has a legal responsibility to collate basic information including who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass on this information to the relevant agencies if requested. In the event of an investigation into a possible case of child abuse, the school has a legal duty to cooperate with the investigating authorities to the best of its ability to promote the child’s welfare. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents, and try to ensure that parents are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.

This policy statements for Child Protection and Safeguarding are published here for your consideration:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2019

St Theresa’s Accessibility Plan 2016 – 2018 v2

Anti-Bullying Statement for Parents and Carers

St Theresa’s School and its Governors are fully committed to safeguarding its pupils and vulnerable adults. The school follows closely the Children Leeds policy and practice for recruitment and the Health and Safety of all its pupils and staff. All those who work in school are expected to follow all relevant guidelines including the LA’s safer working practice guidelines printed below:

Safe Working Practice Guidance

As part of our safeguarding role in school, we have a duty of care to ensure that our children and young people remain safe in school and at home.  In this regard we follow the Government’s guidance on Domestic Violence and different forms of abusive behaviour in the home that our children might be witness to. It also includes information about the Prevent strategy and how to combat against that.  Please refer to the websites below:

We are committed to helping all our families especially when things go wrong at home for whatever reason. Our main aim is the protection and safeguarding of our children and young people:

Domestic Violence project letter to parents/carers

This letter was sent out to parents (originally in July 2016) to highlight the focus that we now have as a school on DV and protecting both the children and the adults involved in this form of physical and coercive abuse.