Information for Parents (Please see Safeguarding home page too)
Safeguarding at St Mary’s RC Primary
At St Mary’s RC Primary, Safeguarding is very high profile and everybody’s business, all of the time. Our school is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to give our children everything they need to ‘be the best that they can be.’ Where there is a barrier to well-being, health or success, we want to remove it.
Safeguarding Procedures for Parents
If parents have any concerns relating to the wellbeing of their children or any other children they can report it to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Gerrard, at the earliest moment, who will decide what action to take.
Should you ever have urgent concerns for the immediate safety of a child, you should contact the police, in the case of an emergency, or you can make a direct referral to MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 0161 253 5678.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff or volunteer in school, then you should report this to the Headteacher (or Mrs Gerrard, the Designated Safeguarding Lead) who will consider what action to take and seek relevant advice.
If the concern relates to the Headteacher, refer the matter to the Chair of Governors: Mr Declan Simpson.
Safeguarding in our Curriculum
Equipping our children with the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves, and others safe, is very important to us at St Mary’s. We talk to our children about ways to keep safe, discussing safeguarding sensitively in our lessons, worship, assemblies and through displays. As part of our curriculum we work to develop ‘pupil voice’, showing children that their opinions matter and are valued.
NSPCC – Every 2 years, our children work with the NSPCC on important safeguarding matters. The NSPCC deliver age appropriate assemblies on Safeguarding issues and deliver workshops to Year 5 and 6 classes. The activities aim to educate children about abuse in an age appropriate way. NSPCC posters are displayed in school.
See safeguarding home page for Policies and Website links
Self help leaflets e.g. self- harm, anxiety, stress, panic, bereavement, controlling anger and many more.
Healthy Young Minds (formerly CAMHS)
1 in 4 people have some sort of mental health problem at some time in their lives. This can include things like feeling stressed or worried, down or depressed, angry or overwhelmed. Sometimes these feelings can be a reaction to problems in your life like bullying or arguments at home. Sometimes the feelings can be a response to memories or problems from the past. And sometimes you just don't know why you feel the way you do. Healthy Young Minds is here to help. This website gives you information on how to help yourself, where to go for more help and what we offer here. The website is for parents/ carers, children and adults working with children.
Kidscape (Anti-bullying website- advice for parents)