Safeguarding

St Laurence Church Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of this website.

We aim to work in close partnership with parents to support the children in every way possible. However, there is a clear responsibility on all schools to ensure they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

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 our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

It may be helpful for parents/carers to know that the Local Authority requires the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.

This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that there is a risk of upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents would accept that the School was acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Mrs Caroline Proctor (Headteacher)
  • Mrs Catherine Smith (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Mrs Jane McFall (Assistant Headteacher)