St Peter’s School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and require all staff and young people to share this commitment. It is a directive of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture that child protection policies and guidelines are followed by our school. Should we suspect any form of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse is occurring to any individuals in our care, we have a duty to report this to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
All our staff are trained in various aspects of safeguarding and child protection. The designated child protection/safeguarding lead is Mrs Sam Dixon, with Mr David Cronin or Mrs Fiona Brady deputising in her absence.
All staff employed within the school have received Child Protection training and their DBS (police) checks are in place. Your child’s safety is our utmost concern. You would usually be contacted with any concerns that we may have. In the case of a referral to MASH or Children’s Services, we would contact you first, unless we and the Children’s Service believed that this would be against the interests of your child.
All visitors to school, including parents are asked to report to the school office once the school is in session. This is to provide security for the children in school and we ask you to abide by this. Visitors will be asked to sign in and will be given a badge to show they have permission to be in school. Adults wandering without a badge will be approached by staff.
If you wish to help the school with reading, visits etc, on a regular basis, then please consider asking for a police check form (DBS) at the office. All adults in regular contact with the children (more than once a month) need to go through this process for the safety of the children.
Online safety is an important part of the curriculum, as children will spend so much of their lives online. Children in Years 3 to 6 will be asked to sign a contract to enable them to use the internet and emailing facilities in school. Please note that there is a comprehensive firewall screening any websites used in school and your child will not be allowed access to the internet without a member of staff being present. These measures help to ensure that your child can access online learning without the fear of any inappropriate materials being viewed.
Please be just as attentive at home to ensure your child is safe from accessing any possible inappropriate material or persons. We regularly discuss the dangers of the internet and teach children strategies for staying safe online. This is a growing concern in the present day.
Our experience also tells us that access to inappropriately aged DVDs, books and computer games can adversely affect pupils’ social and emotional development in a very serious way. Please be very vigilant as to what your child watches, reads or plays. This can seriously impact on their future well-being if you do not consider this.
The PEGI website is a useful place to check out whether a game is appropriate for your child. https://www.pegi.info
We have a school Facebook page and Twitter feed to provide parents with information about school events, but please be aware that Facebook and most social media sites require users to be aged 13 or over before setting up an account.
We will offer regular opportunities for parents to receive information about online safety, so that we can help you to keep your child safe online.
The following links are useful sources of information:
We are a “Sunsafe” School and teach sun awareness and sun safety as part of the curriculum.We request that parents administer sun cream to their child before they come to school in the summer and particularly on very hot days.
Children are expected to have a sun hat which they must wear during playtimes and outdoor P.E. lessons. Hypo-allergenic sun cream is also available in dispensers around school. Staff are not obliged to administer sun cream, however in the case of the younger pupils (Nursery, Reception and Year 1 pupils), a member of staff will support them with this. From Year 2 to 6 children are sufficiently independent enough to do this for themselves.