The Governing Body of Palatine Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Safeguarding is a high priority in our community because of the vulnerability of the children that we teach. We believe every pupil, member of staff and visitor deserves to be safe and to feel safe within our school.
Within our school safeguarding includes:
- Child Protection
- Online Safety
- Preventing Radicalisation
- Safer Recruitment of Staff
- General Security and Safety of the School Buildings
- Medical Policies and Procedures
- Health & Safety and Educational Offsite Visits.
We believe that the safety of everyone is a priority for our whole community including the management committee, all staff, pupils and their families, volunteers and visitors. We believe safeguarding is the responsibility of all of us.
“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child”.
– Keeping children safe in Education – September 2021
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads
Frances Hodges – Assistant Head & DSL
Charlotte Howting – Assistant Head & DSL
Catriona Goldsmith – Headteacher & Deputy DSL
Kaarina Dougherty – Family Liaison Manager & Deputy DSL
SAPS is our safeguarding friend. His name stands for ‘Safer At Palatine School’. SAPS is used throughout school to highlight when children are learning about something that will help them keep safe. SAPS aims to increase children’s voice within the safeguarding team and to support our children to make a link between what they are learning and safety.
All of the DSL team have undertaken the necessary training and understand and follow the West Sussex County Council procedures. Safer Recruitment training has also been undertaken by senior staff and a member of the governing body, thus ensuring procedures are in place to reduce the risks involved with recruiting new staff. National guidelines and advice are strictly adhered to and these key policies cover our work in this area.
We are teaching our pupils to Keep Safe throughout the curriculum and specific topics such as Online Safety, Road Safety, Stranger Danger, Who Keeps us Safe in School and teaching children to help themselves keep safe .
Your children’s safety is paramount to us all at Palatine school. Please explore the ‘Online Safety’ button to find out more about how to support your children when access online content.