Child Protection and Safeguarding
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CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING
Saint Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy fully recognises the contribution it can
make to protect children and support pupils in school. The aim of the policy is to
safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest,
open, caring and supportive climate. The pupils’ welfare is of paramount importance.
Our Child Protection policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its
statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
who are pupils at the school.
There are four main elements to our child protection policy:
- Prevention (e.g. positive school atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to pupils, preventing unsuitable people working with children).
- Protection (by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns).
- Support (to pupils and school staff and to children who may have been abused).
- Working with parents (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken)
All Leicestershire Schools are now part of a safeguarding initiative, which aims to improve outcomes
for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
This scheme has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse
incidents that might have an impact on a child that attends their school. The approach, known as
Operation Encompass is being rolled out across the UK. In Leicestershire the scheme is run in
partnership between Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Police.