Safeguarding Statement

St Blaise CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.

The school’s child protection policy is available on the policies page of the web site. Mrs Ruth Leach is the Designated Lead for child protection. Mrs Karen Green and Mrs Clare Kirkham are the Deputy Designated Leads. 

Our safeguarding governor is Mrs Fiona Morgan.

All staff and governors have safeguarding training through Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, Prevent Training and FGM training.  We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Staff and Governors have taken the appropriate training to fulfill their roles in this.

The Headteacher and several governors have completed ‘Safer Recruitment’ training.

All staff, governors and visiting teachers and regular volunteers are trained in safeguarding and child protection procedures. This means that we all have a responsibly to care for and protect the children in our school. There are opportunities for staff to raise any concerns at weekly staff meetings: this will include talking about children who are acting out of character, children who perhaps are easily upset and, for example, discussing health and safety arrangements on school visits. Safeguarding and child protection is also an agenda item at all governors’ meetings.

Please click on the links below to access the Government’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education – updated Sept 2019’, and the ‘Protecting children from radicalisation’ documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

Protecting Children from Radicalisation

If you would like information regarding e-safety please use the link or go to the Information for Parents page.

Behaviour statement for visitors to school, including parents and carers.

St Blaise CE Primary School strongly believes that our school should be a welcoming and safe place for our children, staff, parents and visitors alike and that our parents share that belief. We have legal responsibilities for the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and staff, and a duty of care to all users of our school.

All adults who enter our school site at any time set examples of behaviour and conduct which influence children and young people and we believe that they should therefore demonstrate high standards of conduct in order to encourage our pupils to do the same. Parents and carers must show respect to all other parents and carers, children and staff.

Adults who do not behave in an acceptable manner may be asked to leave the site and the Headteacher has the right to further restrict their access.

Behaviour which is regarded as unacceptable includes:

  • Physical abuse, threatening, oppressive or aggressive behaviour or use of offensive language towards other adults, staff or children
  • Entering the school site under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Smoking anywhere on the school site
  • Bringing dogs, with the exception of Assistance Dogs, on to the school site without the explicit permission of the Headteacher
  • School-related issues which parents or carers have concerning school, pupils or their families must be brought to the attention of a member of staff. Parents or carers must not try to resolve any issues themselves by direct action on site. If issues cannot be successfully resolved by speaking to a staff member, parents’ and carers’ correct course of action is use our Complaints Procedure as appropriate
  • We expect all communication between parents and school to be conducted in a polite and respectful manner. Communication may be similarly restricted if it becomes unacceptable.

As parents, if you have any concerns please talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. If you feel your concerns have not been listened to then please speak to one of the above named staff. If talking to school staff members is not appropriate Mrs Fiona Morgan, our designated governor for safeguarding and child protection, may be contacted, in confidence, via the school office.  The local authority may also be contacted, please read the procedures within the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

School Safeguarding Leaflet 2019