Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. Proverbs 31:8
St Joseph’s is committed to safeguarding all pupils in our care. We all have a part to play to ensure that we are fully up to date with current legislation and all governors, staff and volunteers fulfil their obligations in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.
The designated staff responsible for child protection in school are:
- Mrs. Helen Cooke (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs. Julie Morrell (Deputy Designated Senior Lead)
- Mrs. Claire Hill (Safeguarding Officer)
- Ms. Karen Maudslay (Safeguarding Officer)
- Mrs. Catherine Murphy (Named Child Protection Governor).
P4S (Prevent for Schools)
The Government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as
- vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
In adhering to the Prevent Duty, our curriculum provision makes use of a range of high quality resources on the P4S website, which is continuously updated to reflect the changing landscape of extremism and radicalisation.
If you have any questions about this aspect of our curriculum, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Our school is now part of a project run by Humberside Police called Operation Encompass. The purpose of this initiative is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been witness to, or been involved in domestic abuse.
Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that nominated staff are made aware of the incident, early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
All schools will have a nominated key adult, in our case this is Mrs Cooke. Each morning Humberside Police will review all reported domestic abuse records. Where recorded incidents show children, between the ages of four and eighteen years of age were present, or witnessed or were involved in such abuse, the key adult in the school the child attends will be contacted and the information shared.
The staff working with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for that particular child, if it is felt appropriate to do so.
Resources from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
CEOP have updated their resources for children aged 4-7 years and have released ‘Jessie and Friends’, a package of support to help parents keep their children safe.
Resources include animated videos on…
- Watching Videos (aimed at 4-5 year olds)
- Sharing Pictures (aimed at 5-6 year olds)
- Playing Games (aimed at 6-7 year olds)
In addition to the videos, there are storybooks for each of the videos that parents can read with their child. Further information about the videos and storybooks are available at: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/
Below, you will find an excellent guide for parents to download. It contains a wealth of information about internet safety, as well as explaining IT jargons. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call into school to discuss them with your child’s class teacher.