Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding is defined as “the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children to protect them from harm”. (NSPCC)

In other words:

  • protecting our pupils from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to their health or development
  • ensuring they grow up with safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all our pupils to have the best outcomes.

It is the responsibility of every member of the school community to work together to ensure our pupils’ welfare is at the heart of what we do. To ensure this, St Joan of Arc has a suite of policies, procedures and guidelines which all staff must follow as part of their professional responsibilities.

These are (copies in Policies Section):

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Attendance and Punctuality Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Drug Education and Drug Incident Policy
  • E-safety and use of Mobile Phones Policies
  • Prevent Duty
  • Safer Recruitment Policy
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Whistleblowing Policy

Designated Safeguarding Team at St Joan’s

There are 6 members of staff who are responsible for overseeing safeguarding in the school

Senior Safeguarding Lead – Mrs L Gammage, Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Miss Devlin (also responsible for Children Looked After), Assistant Headteacher)

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mr Woollatt, Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Wilmot, Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Sibley, Matron and Mental Health Lead

If any parent or carer has any concerns about the well-being of any of our pupils then they should contact school and ask to speak to any of the safeguarding team. The concerns raised will be handled with sensitivity and understanding.