NSPCC - Speak Out, Stay Safe
Katie Fudge and her mascot Buddy, delivered their Speak out, Stay safe programme to the children in an assembly as well as a workshop for Years 5 & 6.
This child-friendly, interactive programme gave the children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries.
An external advisor carried out a safeguarding audit at the beginning of September and judged that Safegurding within Our Lady of Grace is effective.
The report stated that:
'The Safeguarding Audit confirmed that the recommendations from the previous audit had been implemented. From discussions with staff, with governors and with pupils and from documentation available before and during the visit, it is the opinion of the external advisor that the School has effective systems for Safeguarding staff and pupils in the School.'
Governor Visit - Safeguarding
Caroline Malley - The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under section 1751 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess and support those children who may be in danger of harm.
We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a responsibility to protect our pupils from harm and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
To this effect we have stringent Safeguarding and Child Protection policies in place that are regularly reviewed and tested to make sure they are robust and fit for purpose.
For example, we have recently updated our Safeguarding Procedures to ensure that any incidents reported to staff are recorded in a way that makes it clear what follow-up action has been taken.
A safeguarding audit was requested by school leaders to evaluate the effectiveness of the school policies and procedures in safeguarding staff and students in the school. The school website was accessed prior to the visit and during the audit, policies and other documentation were scrutinised. Discussions with the Headteacher, Inclusion Manager, Business Manger and administrative staff were held. A tour of the school took place with the premises manager and discussions were held with pupils selected at random.
From the information available during the audit; discussions and through scrutiny of documentation it is the opinion of the external adviser that there are effective systems for safeguarding staff and pupils in the school.
Internet Safety Workshop for Parents
As part of our commitment to E-safety throughout the school, we held an ‘Internet Safety’ workshop for parents which was run by Ken Palmer, Safeguarding Co-ordinator for Schools.
The session covered some of the dangers that children face online and gave parents ideas and ways to keep their children safe.
What our parent’s thought:
“I found the workshop very educating. Well done!”
“I have confidence now to talk to him openly about the risk he may be exposed to.”