Keeping Children Safe
The staff and governors of St Bernadette Catholic Primary School take very seriously their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The school follows the procedures established by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board: a guide to procedure and practice for all agencies in Hertfordshire working with children and their families.
The school has effective arrangements in place to address a range of issues such as child protection, pupil health and safety, bullying (including cyberbullying), provision of first aid and school security. We also take seriously our duty to protect pupil privacy in accordance with Data Protection legislation.
We aim to:
- Create and maintain a safe learning environment for children.
- Identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them (in partnership with other organisations where appropriate).
We use the curriculum to start to develop children’s understanding, awareness and resilience: the curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSCHE) provides opportunities for children to learn about keeping safe. Although our children are very young we are aware that web enabled technology and social media is reaching ever younger children and we want our children to know how to be eSafe. Herts for Learning publishes a termly eSafety newsletter for parents - see below.
For further information and useful resources for parents and children, please see the website links to the right of this page.
All staff attend statutory Level 1 Safeguarding training every three years, with annual updates.
Level 2 Training
Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) - Mrs Lavelle-Murphy (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Persons - Ms Walsh (SENCO) Ms Howard ( Deputy head teacher)
Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor - Mrs Turton-Ryz
Staff are trained using Hertfordshire guidelines and are kept up to date with current legislation. See links :
The school's policies on child protection and safeguarding are published in the Statutory Information section of this website or can be requested from the school office.
Teachers have been trained on WRAP, the Home Office's anti-radicalisation training package. For further information please see the parent pamphlet below.