Key contacts and Information
|Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead||Vicki Kerr|
|Pastoral Leader Deputy Safeguarding Lead||Daniella Harrison|
|Deputy Headteacher||Laura Winston|
|Safeguarding Governor||Catherine McKenna|
If you are concerned about the welfare of someone at our school, please speak to one of the people above.
Carr Junior School is passionate about supporting the well-being of all members of the school community, children, parents and staff. With this comes a firm commitment to safeguarding.
What do we mean by safeguarding?
The Government defines it as:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
This now includes the commitment to actively support the government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism in its many forms.
As well as actively working for all of the above, Safeguarding is about ensuring that the whole school community is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
We expect all staff, members of the governing body, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
Our Headteacher, Mrs Kerr, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and works closely with the staff team, particularly Miss Harrison, who is her Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
This means she:
Makes sure that safeguarding is a key focus in the life of the school and that all staff recognise that keeping pupils safe is the most important thing we can do.
With this in mind, she is responsible for making sure all staff can recognise the various forms of abuse and respond appropriately when they have a concern.
Ensures she is fully informed of any safeguarding issues, particularly where there are any on-going enquiries or police issues.
Works with the staff team as appropriate, ensuring she has as much information as possible regarding safety and safeguarding, when deciding how best to progress a particular concern.
Is available as a source of support, advice and expertise for staff.
Liaises with the Local Area Designated Officer should concerns have arisen regarding a member of staff.
We regularly liaise with other agencies to work with children directly. This might be as a whole school, class, small group or individually. Examples of agencies we work with include The NSPCC, IDAS, Changing Lives, Young carers and various workers from the local authority, including school nurses, members of the local area teams and social workers.
We are also part of Operation Encompass, which is run jointly between all schools in York, The City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police. This project has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day.
If we feel it appropriate to share information or concerns about a child with a member of an external agency we will discuss this with a parent first. Information is shared and stored following GDPR guidelines. Very occasionally, if we feel it is not in the child’s best interest, we may decide to speak directly with a professional before a parent is informed.