At Joseph’s we recognise the importance of all our children feeling safe as we recognise this as a condition of being ready to learn. Safeguarding at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is given top priority. All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding. We believe that it is important to make children aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our PSHE, Rainbow curriculum supports children in recognising when their personal rights are being compromised. The school also signposts access to support for pupils, by displaying Childline posters with helpline numbers. 0800 1111
Click here to read the DfE guidelines on Keeping Children Safe in Education Keeping Children Safe In Education September 2016
We work hard at St Joseph’s to ensure our children are safe when with us, and also teach them how to keep safe themselves – both in and outside of school.
School Curriculum for teaching children about keeping safe
Promoting safeguarding through teaching and learning
PSHE (Personal, social, health and emotional learning) often involves use of CIRCLE TIME. This is an activity where children have the opportunity to discuss things that can affect them emotionally. There are strict rules of turn-taking and encouraging children to speak whilst also allowing children to remain silent on a topic if they want to. In the topics covered in PSHE there is a strong focus on developing social and emotional skills.
Incidents of bullying are taken seriously at St Joseph’s. Children have been taught to identify bullying behaviour and are encouraged to report it. A great emphasis is put on developing the skills of being a good friend.
As pupils mature they are able to reflect on their own and others’ rights and responsibilities. Pupils are taught to behave in this way and are involved in drawing up codes of Conduct in their classes.
At St Joseph’s we have a cycle of safeguarding assemblies that include:
The senior leadership team run fortnightly assemblies to celebrate achievement. This provides an opportunity to reinforce St Joseph’s Golden Rules:
Everyone has a right to learn
Everyone has a right to be respected
Everyone has a right to feel safe
They are also reminded of how to ‘Keep safe and keep happy’
We use these slogans to make it easy to remember:
Tell any adult in the school
Use the Worry Boxes
Talk to our ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
We have a ’Play Buddy’ scheme in action at playtimes where some older children, who are clearly identifiable from their yellow tabards will support children who want help with finding a friend to play with. The friendship bench is a central point for children to come to and is seen as a friendly place to sit.
In year 2 children are taken to STREETWISE where they experience full sized mock-up scenarios that teach them how to keep themselves and others safe. For example by the river, at home, or at the scene of road accident or a house fire.
Training to safeguard learners
We use the ‘Safe Schools Team’ from Dorset Police to run e- safety workshops with each class every year. In this way children are reminded of the ‘Zip it, flag it, block it’ slogan that is displayed in school at all times. These workshops extend to parents too in order to encourage our whole-school community to protect themselves.
We also use the ‘Safe Schools Team’ to deliver an annual workshop on preventing bullying.
To view the latest newsletter from the Safer Schools and Communities Team, please click here:
At St Joseph’s we will signpost parents to outside agencies whenever it seems useful. We have links to the Somerford Children’s Centre who offer parenting courses and many other helpful family provision. Please click here for details.
To view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies please click on the following:
For St Joseph’s Behaviour Policy please see our Policies and Forms page.
Dorset Safeguarding Children Board Safeguarding Awareness Poster: DSCB-Safeguarding-Awareness-Poster-2013
The Department for Education website: Keeping Children Safe In Education September 2016
For information on how to keep your child safe on the web click on the following: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ . This government site explains things clearly and with enough detail that allows parents to feel informed and able to support their children.
- SWGFL Stay Safe Website (includes the ‘Golden Rules’ for parents about e-safety);
Childnet International (recommended by the Safer Schools and Community Team);