At St James, safeguarding is paramount. All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding Children.
There are five adults in school who have completed safeguarding and child protection training for designated leads. We operate a hierarchy system so that staff are clear who they should make contact with in the first instance. If this person is not in school then they would seek assistance from the second person on the list etc.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Hierarchy
Our designated safeguarding lead is:
Miss B Minor, Headteacher
Our Deputy designated safeguarding leads are:
Mrs H Lloyd, Learning Mentor
Mrs J Butterworth, SENDCo
Miss L McCarthy, Assistant Headteacher
Mrs R Dent, Deputy Headteacher
The above people complete training every two years. This was last updated in January 2022
Staff & Governors
All staff (teachers, teaching assistants, lunchtime assistants, admin staff and the caretaker) have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training (which is also renewed every two years). Staff who were not able to attend this training or have joined the school since this date have completed similar training programmes. Staff receive regular safeguarding updates throughout the year via staff briefings and complete an online training programme via Safeguard Software annually.
The named Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Clair Watkins
All staff recruitment panels include at least one person who has completed appropriate 'Safer Recruitment in Education' training. Four governors have completed this training.
All staff in school are required to wear a Crigglestone St James blue lanyard. Visitors must sign in at the school office, where they will be expected to wear a red or green visitor lanyard. The back of the lanyard contains the names of the safeguarding team who they would report any child protection concerns to.
All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check, details of which are kept on a Single Central Record in school. Governors check this record as part of their Safeguarding Governor Challenge day.
St James is an operation encompass school. This project aims to support children living in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. The training received in school allows to us to use confidential information shared with us to support our children and families, allowing us to make the next day better.
Young People's Safeguarding Charter
Young People's Safeguarding Charter
Below is a link to the Young People of Wakefield's Safeguarding Charter. Children and Young People in Wakefield want to feel safe, and as a result they have created their Safeguarding Charter which explains what young people expect of the adults in their community to enable them to feel safe and ensure they feel well cared for.
Click here to view the charter
Our Safeguarding Policy (and related policies) form a central part of the Staff Induction process, and all of these policies are reviewed annually.
We believe that it is important to make our children and young people aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our curriculum, along with the student friendly safeguarding policy, support children in recognising when their personal safety is being compromised.
We are committed to multi-agency working, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the pupils at St James.
Please click here to be transferred to our policy section where you will find our up-to-date policies related to safeguarding.
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