At St Giles CE Primary School ensuring the safety and welfare of every child is of paramount importance to us. We strongly believe that every child has the right to feel safe and supported and we know that in order for this to happen every member of our community has a responsibility to safeguard all our children. All staff and governors receive regular Child Protection Awareness training from the LA and we have three trained Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Caroline Gardner, Mr Stuart Haycock and Mrs Proctor (currently absent). Mr Laurence O’Dwyer is our named governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection and Mrs Caroline Gardner is our named designated lead for E-Safety.

If you ever have any concerns about a child’s safety or well being please do talk to one of our Designated Leads in confidence. All staff understand the need for confidentiality and we also ensure all new members of staff are aware of our all our policies including our Whistle Blowing policy.

We systematically review and update our policies and implement new guidance from SSCB (Shropshire’s Safeguarding Children Board) and the DfE. (see our Policies page).

The Head and Governors who sit on interview panels have attended Safer Recruitment training and by following our Recruitment and Retention policy, we feel secure that we recruit new staff as safely as possible. All staff, volunteers, peripatetic music teachers and sports coaches are subject to an enhanced DBS check and references are always obtained prior to anyone commencing employment in our school.

“Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs”. WT 2015

The St. Giles Safeguarding policy can be found in the policies section of our website.

For more information about Safeguarding or if you have a concern about a child please visit the Shropshire Safeguarding Children’s Board website and/or Child Exploitation and Online Protection links below:

Shropshire Safeguarding Children’s Board

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

Operation Encompass