Safeguarding

St. Vincent's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding all our children. We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment. Children have a right to be protected from all types of abuse. Staff at St Vincent's are highly trained and vigilant in looking for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident in applying our safeguarding procedures to deal with any such matters.   Our Designated Safeguarding Team is listed below: 

Safeguarding Governor:                              Mrs Donnachie

Designated Safeguarding Lead:                 Mrs Harrop

Deputy Safeguarding Leads:                      Mrs Tiernan, Mr Blain 

 

We adhere to all statutory guidance listed below:  

Keeping Children Safe In Education

Working Together to Safeguard Children

What To Do If You're Worried A Child Is Being Abused

Information Sharing for Practitioners

The Prevent Duty

Safeguarding Curriculum 

Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British values are a core business of our work at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects are taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group level or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.

We constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. 


We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours. 
Class times are time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values. 
Assembly time is used to promote our Catholic values, personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. For example, we talk about anti- bullying including cyber bullying and British values including how these values are promoted in our society. 
Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around school. Our school reflects the diversity of pupils’ 
experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience. Throughout the curriculum there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding. The strong focus on safeguarding leads to excellent safeguarding outcomes.

Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example: 

  • Bikeability
  • Work with police officers in the community
  • Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons 

  • Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service) 

  • Visits to school from medical staff
  • Visitors from charities such as NSPCC
  • Online safety lessons
  • The use of digital leaders in school
  • “Stranger Danger”, being safe in the outdoors, what to do if?
  • What to do if you are separated from your group (in relation to school visits) 

  • Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
  • Anti bullying week focus
  • Reminders about behaviour rewards and behaviours we want to see inside and outside of school
  • Health & Safety Policies and procedures
  • Relationship and Sex Education Policy
  • Positive mental health and well-being is promoted through yoga and relaxation techniques
  • Risk Assessments – shared with pupils
  • Work with local health services re immunisations and health emergencies
  • Computing, DT, Science and PE policies and schemes of work which include safety guidelines and risk assessments
  • PHSE Policy and themes which include strategies for developing self-esteem and confidence
  • Head Teacher carries out regular learning walks seeking children’s views on safety and ensuring they understand general rules around safety. Children asked regularly if there is anywhere in school where they do not feel safe. Feedback is acted upon.
  • Buddy scheme ensuring that vulnerable children are supported and listened to
  • Fire drills ensuring children and adults are clear about what to do in an emergency
  • School Council being proactive in listening to other children’s views and acting upon their concerns and ideas
  • Clear safety procedures built into the end of each day
  • A wide range of visits from visitors. These include talks from professionals such as dental hygienists, nurses, police, road safety officers, fire fighters which extend the children’s knowledge of staying safe and healthy
  • The insistence that hats are worn for sun protection
  • The use of the outdoor environment in all weathers to promote health and well-being.
  • Clear induction procedures for new staff and volunteer helpers including safeguarding procedures. Children are aware that visitors wear different coloured badges according to their DBS clearance and that they seek a familiar adult if they are unsure
  • Cooking – healthy eating and safety procedures are built into lessons
  • Healthy school lunches are provided for all children whose parents opt for them. Dinners cooked on the premises are nutritionally balanced and we have a Healthy Packed Lunch policy
  • Fruit and water are made available for all KS1 children on a daily basis. All children have access to drinking water at all times and are encouraged to be hydrated throughout the school day. KS2 are encouraged to bring their own fruit as a snack
  • We have a Gold school games school.
  • Our RE curriculum includes units which celebrate diversity, caring for others, making healthy choices and the upholding of Catholic values
  • A minimum of two hours of the weekly curriculum is set aside for PE. Children are encouraged to join the wide variety of sports clubs available.

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent’s, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey