Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.

Mrs Girton and Mrs Katie Owen have also completed NSPCC accredited safer recruitment training.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website. We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Acting Headteacher. As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head or Acting Head, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors. The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.

We also follow the South West Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our CPOs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children's Social Care, should the need arise. By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Danuta Girton (Acting Headteacher). Our Deputy DSL is Mr Graeme Wilson

Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Katie Owen (Chair)

Report a concern

If you are worried about a vulnerable child and would like our help, please don’t stay silent. Children's Social Care on 0300 123 2224 childrens@somerset.gov.uk Police: 101 or in an emergency 999