A duty is placed on the school and governing body to protect and promote the welfare of children. At St. Bartholomew’s CE First School we are committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of the children within our community by following the guidelines offered by the Somerset Safeguarding Partnership. When necessary we work in partnership with other agencies such as Social Care and Health, the local Health Authority, Parent and Family Support and the Police to keep children in our care safe.
If there is any cause for concern over the wellbeing of a child within our school community, all staff, pupils, volunteers and parents should be aware of who to contact within the school staff.
The designated person for Safeguarding and Child Protection issues within St. Bartholomew’s CE First School is the Headteacher, Mrs Gemma Coward. In case of her absence or unavailability, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Jenny Coram, Mr David Woodley and Miss Bev Davis. The school governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Mrs Judith Morris.
All staff have undertaken basic safeguarding awareness training and have been alerted to the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect in children. Teaching staff are also aware of the PREVENT duty to reduce the risk of extremist behaviour and radicalisation. If a child discloses any concerning information to an adult working in our school, the adult is asked not to question the child or comment on the disclosure. A designated child protection person is informed as soon as possible and a factual record of the disclosure is made. All concerns which are brought to our attention are recorded confidentially as recommended by the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.
Disclosures made which compromise the safety of an individual cannot be kept a secret. The Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Partnership can be contacted directly on 0300 123 2224.
As a school we work with our families offering help and support. We offer Early Help and Early Help Assessment. We also offer support from our Parent and Family Support Advisor, Mrs Lesley Cable.