At St. Helen’s Church of England Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Medway Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jarvis (Head Teacher)
The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Kember (Deputy Head Teacher), Mrs Kane (SENCO) and Mrs Bennett (Willow Class Teacher).
The Governors with responsibility for safeguarding in our school are Rev. Andy Hobbs and Claire Henning
The Child Protection Policy is available on the policies section on our website.
If you require any further information please contact the above named people via the school office.
Worried About A Child
Information, help, support and advice if you are worried about a child in Medway.
Making a referral to Medway Council Children's Social Care
If you are a member of the public with concerns that a child or young person living in Medway is suffering from harm use the following contact details:
Medway's First Response service
Telephone: 01634 334466
24 hour emergency number 03000 419191
Medway Safeguarding Children Board
Kent Safeguarding Children Board
National helpline phone: 080 88 00 5000
For more information about Early Help in Medway please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01634 338 746
As part of St. Helen's Church of England Primary School's commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent Strategy is a government designed to stop becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
At St. Helen's Church of England Primary School we ensure that we teach the children about the Prevent Aims. This is done through quality circle time and PSHE activities. In each year group we teach our children to be safe and recognise the possible dangers they may face. Teachers make sure that this is done in a sensitive and age appropriate way.
We also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they cannot access unsuitable material, and by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the Head Teacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Head Teacher