At St Bernadette’s RC Primary, Safeguarding is extremely important 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 ensure they all reach their full potential.’ Where there is a barrier to well-being, health or success, we will do everything we can to overcome these barriers and try to remove them.
We review our child protection policy and procedures on a regular basis, with updated training provided for all school staff in order to offer a consistent, high quality approach to child protection and safeguarding. Our school has recruitment procedures that support the safeguarding of young people, as laid out in the Local Authority Safe Recruitment guidance.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Please click HERE to access the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 document.
Please see our school website under ‘policies’ for our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
The Safeguarding Team at St Bernadette’s
There are posters displayed around school to ensure all members of the school community know who the Designated safeguarding leaders are.
What to do if you are concerned
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 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 Simon Langley.
Safeguarding Training and Policies
Safeguarding Procedures for School Staff
Safeguarding Procedures for Parents
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.
Early Help Guidance
The new Early Help delivery model has been developed through our multiagency Children Trust Partnership, and came into effect on Monday 7 October 2019.
Whitefield Locality Team (including Prestwich)
Telephone Number: 0161 253 5077
The purpose of Bury Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been exposed to Domestic abuse. This abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Please see the 3 links below for the Bury Council Encompass Protocol, Encompass Handbook and the Encompass Letter to parents.