The safety of St. Luke's pupils, both in and out of school, is of paramount importance to us.
St Luke’s CE School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We believe all staff and visitors have an important and unique role to play in child protection.
At St Luke’s we believe:
- Schools can contribute to the prevention of abuse
- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
- Children need to be safe and feel safe in school
Designated Child Protection Officers at St Luke’s:
The Lead DCPO, Mrs Nuala Heslop, is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Deputy Designated Child Protection Officers are Mrs Tracey Whealing and Mrs Julie Lomas. The Designated Governor is Mr. Andrew Lane
Cause for Concern:
Staff are expected to report any causes for concern to the DCPOs via an electronic system known as CPOMS.. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children “disclosing” concerns.
When the school has concerns about a child, the lead DCPO, along with the Deputy DCPOs will act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies. In general, we will discuss concerns with parents/carers before approaching other agencies, and will seek their consent to making a referral to another agency. Appropriate staff will approach parents/carers after consultation with the lead DCPO. However, there may be occasions when school will contact another agency before informing parents/carers, if the school decides that contacting them may increase the risk of significant harm to the child.
Child Protection information will be dealt with in a confidential manner
The following document contains information for parents about keeping children safe on the internet-
We recommend the following websites which gives comprehensive information on e-safety for both adults and children.
One we use in school when teaching e-safety- http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Also click on the following links to view the Salford Staying Safe Online Updates (1+2) that provide useful guidance and information to parents:
NSPPC 'A Parents' Guide To Being Share Aware'
There has recently been press coverage regarding a Smartphone App that is being used by unsuitable adults to target children. Please click on the attached link for further information:
The Prevent Strategy - A guide for parents.
Fundamental British Values - A guide for parents.
Managing Allegations Against Staff - Flowchart for Parents
Thank you to all parents, carers and children who completed one of our safeguarding questionnaires. Below is an analysis of the results. There were a few issues that parents stated that they were unsure/wanted to know more about;
Some said they were unsure of the behaviour policy –a ‘Parent Friendly’ version is available below.
Some stated that they were unsure if ‘Online Safety’ was taught in Early Years – a school overview can be seen below.
One parent mentioned about the need for a ‘safe crossing’ outside school – an overview of the work school (and other agencies) has undertaken can be seen below.