Section 175* of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on local education authorities and governing bodies of maintained schools to ‘make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children’
At St. Marychurch the health, safety and wellbeing of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place.
A very important aspect of the school’s role is to ensure we keep all children safe. This can take many forms from the obvious and straight forward such as ensuring the building and equipment we use is fit for purpose to putting risk assessments in place. It also covers aspects such as e-safety – making sure your children know how to keep themselves safe online and it also includes safeguarding – keeping children safe from harm.
Regular training for all staff ensures that everyone is fully aware of our policies and procedures with regards to all aspects of safeguarding.
The Department of Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy can be found here:
The following policies, procedures and risk assessments are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure the ongoing commitment into keeping our children, staff and the wider community safe and secure. This being carried out by the Senior Leadership Team at the school, the school Governors and St Christopher’s MAT (Multi Academy Trust).
The Health and Safety Policy
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Online Safety Advice
E-Comms In The Workplace Policy
Photographing and videoing and the use of mobile phones
Equality Policy and Equality Objectives
Appointments of staff and induction of newly appointed staff and Work Placements
Induction of volunteers
Whole School Curriculum
Some of the policies mentioned above can be found below; others can be found on our Policy page:
Details of our whole school curriculum can be found here:
Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Tracey Lawrence
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Should you have any concerns about the welfare or safety of a child please speak to Mrs Lawrence in the first instance or Mrs Prentice/Mrs Daly if she is unavailable.
Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Angela Boyd (Angela.Boyd@gov.stcmat.org)
Alternatively you can always call Torbay Safeguarding Hub on 01803 208100
Please find below a few key school documents around safeguarding:
Here are also a few really useful website links for you to look at:
Policies, Guidance and Support
Behaviour Policy and Supporting Documents
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic violence.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a specified member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
This will enable us, as a school, to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident. This could be as little as just knowing or letting them bring in a particular comfort without question or giving them time away from others to settle. The response for each child will be individual and confidential.
Our Key Adults are Mrs Prentice, Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Daly.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.