At St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual Primary School we are dedicated to ensuring the children are happy, safe and successful. As you would expect, safeguarding every child’s welfare and wellbeing is our top priority. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
(ref. HM Government, 2015, Working together to safeguard children)
Safeguarding Designated Staff
Mrs S Cox
Mrs M Isherwood
Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead
Early Years Teacher Reception – Matisse Class and
Deputy Head, Mrs Cox is St. Jérôme’s Designated Person – our safeguarding lead. Head of Religious Education, Mrs Isherwood, is the Deputy Designated Person and works closely with Mrs Cox. Both designated teachers have completed Level 3 Safeguarding training with Harrow Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. In addition, Head Teacher, Rev Norris, also has this level of training, as does Mrs Walton who has recently returned to our staff team.
The Designated Person is the main contact point for any safeguarding issues within the school. The role involves keeping up to date with legislative and administrative changes in procedures; ensuring staff are trained in aspects of safeguarding including child protection protocols; liaising with external agencies such as health and social care professionals; working with the Headteacher and Governors to ensure our school is meeting the needs of all children.St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual Primary School also has a Safeguarding Governor, Mrs Stacey, who supports the school in matters of strategy, policy and accountability.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of school staff which is why a regular training programme is delivered to everyone at St. Jérôme School whether they are teaching staff, admin staff, site maintenance staff, kitchen staff or after school club providers. All members of staff, including volunteers, have completed either Level 1 or Level 2 Safeguarding training.
In addition to Safeguarding training, all staff have completed Prevent Training in line with government guidance and forms part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy which seeks to:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views
- Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which need to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health
All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Safer Recruitment Procedures
The safer recruitment of staff in schools is the first step to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children in education. St. Jérôme School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you have any concerns involving someone who works with children in a voluntary or paid capacity, this must be reported directly to the Headteacher, Rev Norris, or Designated Person, Mrs Cox, unless it involves them in which case it should be reported directly to the Chair of the Governing Body, Mr Fernandes.
Support for Parents and Carers
We are often asked questions on how to deal with challenging behaviour or how to establish appropriate boundaries at home. Parenting is probably the most important role that an adult will ever carry out and the one that they receive the least training and support for! If you are having facing any challenges and feel you need more support please be in touch with Mrs Cox, via the school office, and she can arrange for an Early Help assessment to put you in touch with relevant services and key worker support. Further information including useful guides on e-safety, including YouTube, Snapchat and others can be found on our e-safety page.