Roles and Responsibilities

The Head Teacher is: Mrs Joanne Starkey

The Chair of Governors is: Mr Mark Thompson

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is: Mrs Joanne Starkey

Those trained to provide cover for the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead are: Mrs Maria Reichinger and Miss Kirsty Palmer

Mrs Alison McLeod is also trained in Safeguarding for Business Managers

The nominated Safeguarding / Child Protection Governor is: Mrs Kerry Barnes

The nominated governor for dealing with allegations against the Head Teacher is: Mr Mark Thompson

Safeguarding Statement

‘At St Paul and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School, we ensure children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Our curriculum offers opportunities for children to learn about healthy relationships. Children are taught to identify trusted adults at home and in school. They are taught to tell a trusted adult if someone does something to make them feel unhappy, hurt or uncomfortable.

We act in the best interests of the child, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon.

Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare is a shared responsibility within our school and together with partner agencies

As a school we have a statutory responsibility to share any concerns, we might have about a child in need of protection, with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services.

Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral.

However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter.
We understand the anxiety parents/carers may feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset.
The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.’

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