St Nicholas Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the wider school community to share this commitment of responsibility.
Our children know that they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust and they report that they feel safe at school. Parents/carers report their children feel safe at school. This is because we have children's safety and well-being as a key priority and have strong safeguarding procedures.
All staff and volunteers are given clear guidance and training in how to behave and work with children. They are highly vigilant and report any concerns they have about a child's well-being/welfare swiftly. We will talk with parents if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency unless the child is at immediate risk.
Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child either inside or outside of school you should immediately contact one our Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs):
Mrs Cook (Acting Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Hitchcock (Acting Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
The Children's Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, has recently published a guidance document for parents helping to support them to understand online sexual harassment. It is a sensitive topic, and not one all parents feel comfortable discussing with their children. The commissioner's team brought together a group of 16 - 21 year olds and asked them talk about what they think parents should know, and what they should say to their children when talking about sexualised bullying and the pressures of growing up online. Key advice from the young adults in the focus groups included: * Start conversations early, before your child gets a phone or social media account. Keep the conversation going over time, adapting to your child. * Young people want their parents to learn about new technology and trends, including risky behaviours and dangerous spaces online. * Create a safe and trusting home environment. Young people told us the home environment is key, they want to share things with their parents but don't always feel able. The report and poster 'The things I wish my parents had known...' can be downloaded here: