St. Anne's Catholic Primary School, Ormskirk

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17th November 17
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Safeguarding

St. Anne's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be found in the policies section of our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare.  We will ensure that any concerns we have about a pupil are discussed with his or her parents first, unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child's welfare. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection (DSL) are Mrs Birmingham and Mrs Cleary.

Prevent Duty

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Preventing Radicalisation in School

Building resilience in our young people and the promotion of fundamental British Values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. We do this by providing a safe place in which pupils can discuss issues, and we aim to give them the knowledge and confidence to tackle extremist beliefs and ideologies.

Our prevent duty is carried out under the Counter-Terroism and Security Act 2015 which legally requires us to take steps to prevent pupils being drawn into terroism.  We take this duty seriously and carry out the four main actions responsibly, namely; risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies.  If we assess a child as at risk, then we will refer to the Channel Programme, which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. 

Staff have received training to familarise them with the Prevent Duty. In terms of internet safety, we ensure that suitable filters are in place to keep children away from extremist materials, in line with Lancashire guidelines.

We recognise that we play a vital role in keeping children safe from harm, including from the risks of radicalisation and extremism, and in promoting the welfare of children wtihin our care.

What we do if we have a concern

If we have a concern about a particular pupil we will follow the school's safeguarding procedures, including the concern wth the school's safeguarding lead and were deemed necessary, with children's social care. In Prevent priority areas, the Local Authority will have a Prevent Lead who can also provide support and advice. 

We may also contact the local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number).  They can talk to us in confidence about concerns and help us to gain access to support and advice.

The Department for Education has a dedicated telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff, parents and governors to raise concerns about extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised via email to counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk.  Please note that the telephone line is not intended for use in an emergency, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident.  In an emergency we follow our emergency procedures.

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