St Mary’s Church of England School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers, governors and members of the wider school community to share this commitment of responsibility.
We believe that all children and members of our school community are special, created and loved by God and have the right to be safe. All staff believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical, spiritual and moral development of the individual child. Our children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust and that their concerns will be dealt with in a timely and appropriate way, in line with our robust safeguarding procedures.
The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering.
All members of staff, Governors and regular volunteers are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and are trained regularly in Child Protection & Safeguarding. All DSLs are contactable through our school office or through the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about how and when to contact a DSL, please refer to our Safeguarding Guide for Volunteers which can be found below.
We have four Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs):
Mrs J Chambers (Headteacher)
Mrs T Harding (Deputy Headteacher)
Miss R Booth (Assistant Headteacher – currently on maternity leave)
Ms S Gorton (SENCo)
Mrs L Merrick (Home School Link Worker)
If you have any concerns about a child, please do not hesitate to talk to a DSL. Your concerns will be taken seriously.
Alternatively please contact the Children's Single Point of Access (C-SPA) within Surrey Children's Services directly:
- Office hours: 0300 470 9100
- Out of hours: 01483 517 898
- Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – 0300 123 1650 or email: LADO@surreycc.gov.uk
All members of our staff have completed Prevent Duty training as part of their induction process. https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/edu/screen1.html
Keeping up to date with safeguarding policy is important to us. We start all staff meetings with a safeguarding hotspot to ensure we are aware of any recent updates to safeguarding policy or procedures.