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Safeguarding Statement

Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Appropriate safeguarding is a pre-requisite to the effective development and well-being of children and is therefore an underlying principle in all that we do. The policies within our safeguarding folder reflect this commitment. Policies however are not enough and the Academy Committee is also committed to:
Ensuring everyone who works or volunteers at the academy is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
Regular review of all practice
Appropriate induction and supervision
Regular and appropriate training
Sustaining the professional ethos which is open and supportive of staff, which puts children’s safety and protection at its core.
Ensuring that Parents are aware of the school’s commitment to this work.
We have five Designated Safeguarding People in the school. These are
Mrs Chapman
Mrs Wright
Mr Dance
Mrs Plow
Mrs Thomas

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Person was specified in the Children Act 2004 and ensured the every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Person has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Person role includes:
 Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
 Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
 Referring any concerns to social care
 Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
 Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records