Our Commitment To Safeguarding
St Anne’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Priest-Jones, Headteacher.
Our Deputy DSL is Mrs Stephens, Deputy Headteacher.
Our Governing Body member with a safeguarding responsibility is
All members of the safeguarding team can be contacted via the school office.
Safeguarding in practice
We actively undertake our safeguarding commitment in a number of practical ways – these include:
- are DBS checked as part of the recruitment procedures in place
- are made aware of our safeguarding policies & procedures during their induction
- attend annual safeguarding update professional learning and DSL professional learning for those in scope
- have photographic ID and use appropriate sign in and out mechanisms
- actively engage with a Health and Wellbeing focussed curriculum that teaches them how to look after themselves and to keep safe and identifies safe adults, beyond the family, to confide in at times of distress or danger
- are taught on-line safety as part of the digital curriculum and this is continually referred back to in the teaching of digital skills
- We have a main single entry-point into school, via the main school office
- All external gates remain closed, and secured, during the school day
- All children are collected from school at the end of the day by an adult. (Unless in written consent has been provided). Please inform school if someone, other than their parent/carer, is collecting them from school
- Please inform us if a child is absent from school. We will phone home, on the first day, if we have an unexplained absence
- We ask all visitors to sign in and be accompanied by a member of staff whilst in school
- Some visiting professionals do not always need to be accompanied by staff, if we have confirmed with their employer or the Local Authority that they are DBS checked
- Accidents in school are reported to parents/carers and the Headteacher via our accident form
- Many staff hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and provide first aid support in school
Resources for parents/carers and children
- Online Safety
- Staying Safe from Harm
- Child Line Resources
If you are concerned about a child
If you have concerns or believe that a child is at risk of being harmed or neglected, please contact Single Point Of Access (Children’s Social Care) as soon as possible on 01978 292039 during office hours. Out of Hours, the Emergency Duty Team can be contacted on 0345 053 3116.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger, you should call the Police on 999 immediately.
Other countries have seen a rise in domestic abuse and violence during COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. In the UK, it was reported that in the first two weeks, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline had a 25% increase in calls compared with the previous fortnight.
Where there is domestic abuse, there is a high correlation with emotional harm to children.
For information and support on domestic abuse, contact:
- Police: Call 999 press 55 when prompted if you can’t speak
- Refuge UK wide 24-hour helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Welsh Women’s Aid Live Fear Free 24 hour helpline: 0808 80 10 800. Text and online chat is also available.
- Wrexham Domestic Abuse Safety Unit (DASU): 01978 310203
- Men’s Advice Line. Freephone 0808 8010327