At Monega Primary School, the Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Jim McLucas and the Designated Safeguarding Deputy is: Natasha Boyce
Monega Primary School, is a safe place for children, where our responsibilities for safeguarding children are taken seriously. Through our curriculum we teach the children about personal safety, and how to keep themselves safe from harm.
There is a strong anti-bullying ethos evident throughout the school. We teach our children how to recognise bullying, how to keep themselves safe from bullying behaviour and how to report it. We listen to our children.
Our curriculum includes opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions, and helps children to think about there own personal safety and their rights as individuals to be kept safe from harm.
We teach our children about the uses and misuses of drugs, at an age-appropriate time and level.
Our sex education program teaches children about keeping themselves safe from harm, at an age appropriate level.
We have clear guidance to help children to use the Internet safely.
Our policies and agreed practices for child protection, health and safety, behaviour management, attendance and looked after children all comply with the recommendations of safeguarding children at school. We have a trained and designated child protection officer and deputy officer, and a designated governor with responsibility for child protection practices at the school.
We have policies to manage potential allegations against staff, whistleblowing and the use of physical intervention.
Our staff recruitment policies and practices are rigorous and comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up and scrutinise written references before employment.
We require evidence of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) clearance before employing any staff, in addition to pursuing children’s barred list checks.
All governors, voluntary helpers, supply teachers, agency staff, and outside club and coaching staff are required to provide evidence of enhanced DBS clearance.
The governing body is regularly updated about child protection, bullying and safeguarding policies and practices by the Headteacher.
It is the responsibility of every adult in the school to ensure that we maintain the highest level of awareness about possible unsafe practices and deal with any issues immediately and appropriately.
This Safeguarding Statement should be read in conjunction with our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.