At The Federation of St Elphege’s Catholic Schools, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We ensure that we:
- practise safer recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
- equip the children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe
- establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop in confidence and independence
- work within the school’s Safeguarding Policy (based on the Croydon model)
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has clear procedures in place which all staff are aware of. Parents and carers are able to read the policy by following the link above and are free to discuss issues surrounding policy and practice with the Executive Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers or Chair of Governors.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with the parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Persons for Child Protection are:
1. Mr Martin Jones- Head of School (St Elphege's)
2. Mrs Frances Hawkes- Executive Head Teacher
3. Mrs Roisin Duffy- Deputy Head Teacher
4. Mrs Flo Herzog - SENCo
5. Ms Alison Cunniffe - Director of Finance & Operations
6. Mrs Ann Glanville - Office Manager
7. Mrs Karen Jones – Head of School (Regina Coeli)
9. Mrs Tessa Christoforou- Deputy Head Teacher
10. Mrs Charlotte Guilmartin-Cole - Assistant Head Teacher
Our Governor responsible for Safeguarding is:
Mrs Annie Manning – Safeguarding Governor
Mr Tom Tamplin - Chiar of Governors
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Designated Persons as soon as possible on the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the Designated Persons in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Executive Headteacher (or the Chair of governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) – who will consider what action to take.