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Safeguarding and Child Protection

St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.

 

We follow the procedures set out by the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Procedures (https://www.staffsscb.org.uk/Home.aspx and http://www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/portal/ ) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007).

 

School Safeguarding Team

If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to one of the following:

 

  • Mrs Claire Tomlinson - Headteacher & Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer

  • Mrs Fiona Richardson – Assistant Headteacher & Designated Child Protection Officer

  • Mr Roger Gibson – Director with responsibility for Safeguarding across the Painlsey Academy

 

Cause for Concern

Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Staffordshire Area Safeguarding Committee and inform the Social Services of the concern.

 

If you are worried about a child's safety please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Richardson or contact Call Staffordshire Safeguarding straight away:

 

Staffordshire County Council's First Response Service:
Telephone: 0800 1313 126

Open: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Emergency Duty Service:
(Out of Hours Service)
Telephone: 0345 604 2886

Mobile: 07815 492613

 

Staffordshire Police:
Telephone: 101 and ask for M.A.S.H. (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
Outside of MASH hours, report to the Area Communications Room
In an emergency always call 999

Parenting Advice

Being a parent means creating a loving, safe environment for your children as they grow from baby to toddler, right through to the teenage years. You'll need different skills for each stage, but at all times your child will depend on you. You'll become the expert on your child and on what they need to grow into happy, healthy adults.

Loving your child, with no strings attached, is the most important thing you can do. But you'll also have to make a huge number of decisions about the best way to bring up your child. This responsibility brings joy and excitement, but it can also be overwhelming and even frustrating at times.

Most people manage these emotional and practical challenges with a mixture of love, help from relatives and friends, good advice, common sense and luck.

The SSCB have put together some helpful links that will offer you a wealth of advice and guidance on parenting issues.

Local Sites include:

Staffordshire Family Information Service: For families with children aged 0-19

The Staffordshire Family Information Service offer information, advice and guidance for parents and carers on finding and paying for childcare, parenting issues, family activities and organisations that can offer support.

Staffordshire Family Information Directory

This directory holds information, advice and guidance on a range of areas including finance, health, behaviour, parenting, relationships, childcare, and family activities. Search the directory using key words.

Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service

The service offers advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people who have been identified as having special educational needs. The service also supports parents and carers who think their child might have special educational needs. The service is free.

Staffordshire Umbrella Network

Staffordshire Umbrella Network (SUN) is a networking group looking at issues affecting children with special educational needs and their families. The network provides an opportunity for parents, carers, voluntary groups and agencies - such as education, social care and health - to get together and help to make a real difference to the quality of services and people's lives in the community.

National Web Sites:

www.ace-ed.org.uk

The Advisory Centre for Education

www.cafamily.org.uk

Contact a Family

www.familymatters.org.uk

Family Matters Institute

www.frg.org.uk

Family Rights Group

www.netmums.com

Netmums

www.gingerbread.org.uk

One Parent Families/Gingerbread

http://familylives.org.uk/

Family Lives

http://spanuk.org.uk/

Single Parent Action Network

www.oneplusone.org.uk

One Plus One

www.relate.org.uk

Relate

www.childrenslegalcentre.com

The Children's Legal Centre

www.youngminds.org.uk

YoungMinds

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/

Counselling Directory

 

The NSPCC also provide a wealth of useful information for parents/carers:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/search/?query=leaflets%20for%20parents

 

Safeguarding Links

Educate Against Hate educateagainsthate.com

NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Safeguarding Children Board - http://www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/portal/

 

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