St Thomas' C of E Primary School



Safeguarding at St. Thomas' 

At St Thomas' CE Primary School we endeavour to ensure that everyone works together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. We aim to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and the emotional and physical well being of children, young people and staff.

All children have access to an appropriate curriculum which is broad and balanced and differentiated to meet their needs. This enables them to learn to develop the necessary skills to build self-esteem, respect others, defend those in need, resolve conflict without resorting to violence, question and challenge and to make informed choices in later life. Children and young people are encouraged to express and discuss their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of activities and have access to a range of cultural opportunities which promote the fundamental British values of tolerance, respect, understanding and empathy for others. There is access to a range of extra curricular activities, information and materials from a number of sources which not only promotes these values but supports the social, spiritual, moral well being and physical and mental health of the pupils.

All pupils will know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach in confidence if they are in difficulty or feeling worried and that their concerns will be taken seriously and treated with respect.

St Thomas' is part of Operation Encompass, a project that runs in partnership with Stockport Safeguarding Board and Greater Manchester Police. The project provides early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school on the following day. Police will liaise with a Key Adult (Mr Sanchez) in school and share information, in confidence, that will ensure the school is able to support children and their families. 

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding one of our pupils, please call the office and ask to speak to a Designated Person for Safeguarding (there are three - Mr Sanchez (Lead), Miss Weekes and Mrs Evans).

 Safeguarding Policy 2021 (adopted by St Thomas') - October 2021.docxDownload
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What is the Prevent duty?

The Prevent duty is the duty to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.”

It is a government strategy designed to stop people being drawn into terrorism or having extremist views.

In order to understand the Prevent duty fully, we must have an understanding of what ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ mean.

  • Radicalisation:
    • The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to it. Radicalisation doesn’t happen overnight; it is a gradual process that happens over time.
  • Extremism:
    • Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values  

What does school need to do?

In order to fulfil the Prevent duty in schools:

  • We must build upon pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.
  • It is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to do when it is identified.

As a school, we promote the fundamental British values through both our taught curriculum (the learning that takes place through taught sessions in class) and through our caught curriculum (the learning that takes place around school, without discrete teaching). Both our PSHE and RE curriculums have a large role in promoting discussion and encouraging children to challenge and tolerate the views of others.

How can parents support their child?

We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential. Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with.

The NSPCC has launched a helpline to support adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism. They have published a short film encouraging parents to use its helpline to talk through any concerns they may have about their child being radicalised. Warning signs include: talking as if from a scripted speech; unwillingness or inability to discuss their views; a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others; increased secretiveness, especially around internet use. However, these signs do not necessarily mean a child is being radicalised.

Video link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOis5CFU8vs 

Further information

Educate against Hate websitehttp://educateagainsthate.com/parents

NSPCC website: https://nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/news-opinion/why-radicalisation-childprotection-issue

Real Love Rocks

Due to the increasing concerns around CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and grooming, Real Love Rocks was set up by Barnardo's. It is a programme developed, with young people who have been exploited, to promote healthy, consensual, safe relationships.

The primary programme is designed to be delivered to Upper Key Stage 2, talking to them about 4 specific areas:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Grooming
  • Keeping Safe
  • Online Safety

It has been recognised that it’s not always easy to chat to children about relationships or people who might want to harm them. We cannot, however, always be physically there for our children and, therefore, we have a responsibility to equip them with the knowledge to help keep themselves safe. Children need the knowledge and confidence to speak out if someone makes them uncomfortable or pressured. Real Love Rocks has been designed, age appropriately, to give these essential safety messages.

Think about the appropriateness of the songs your children listen to, the video games they play, the television programmes and films that they watch, the magazines they read and the people they talk to online.

  • Do you have appropriate restrictions set up on your internet?
  • How do you supervise your child whilst they are online?
  • Does your child watch/play games that are not age appropriate?

The following age guidelines have been given for various social media sites:

  • Facebook – 13 years old
  • Twitter – 13 years old
  • Instagram – 13 years old
  • Pinterest – 13 years old
  • Snapchat – 13 years old
  • LinkedIn – 14 years old
  • WhatsApp – 16 years old
  • Tinder – 17 years old
  • YouTube – 18 years old
  • Flickr – 18 years old