Safeguarding

Safeguarding statement

“St Gerard’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment."

Safeguarding children in schools is about fostering a culture where children come first.

Our current Safeguarding and Child Protection policy is available to download below in the 'Files to download' section of this page. In addition, you can also find our policy on Preventing Radicalisation.

All staff, volunteers and governors working in the school, are responsible for the operation of these policies

 

The Senior Designated Person for the school is Mr K Landrum (Headteacher).

The Deputy Designated Person for the school is Mrs J. McCallum (Deputy Headteacher)

In addition, the Governing Body has a Designated Governor for Safeguarding. The Designated Governor for Safeguarding is Ms Sharon Miller who can be contacted via the school.

“In conjunction with Cheshire Police, St Gerard’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School is involved in Operation Encompass.  The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

 At St Gerard’s our Key Adult is Mr K Landrum (Headteacher)

 This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most. 

 You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting our Key Adult.”

All the Staff at our School have regular updated Safeguarding trainining at the beginning of each academic term.

Childline provides an online resource that offers information and tips on dealing with any fears children may have in relation to a terrorist incident.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world

 

What is Kidsafe?

The following information has been taken from the Kidsafe UK website which can be found at:

https://www.kidsafeuk.co.uk/

‘Kidsafe UK is a charity (Charity No: 1105179) founded by Val Webb and Jude Walker, who provide training to school staff in order for them to deliver specialised child protection/safeguarding programmes to children and young people from Early Years to High School. The Kidsafe programmes are age appropriate and are delivered to children without shattering their innocence.

Kidsafe aim is to protect, educate and empower children. The programme uses a puppet called ‘KS’, who focuses on weekly problems linked to protecting children.'

Kidsafe at St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Mrs Wright our Family Support Worker is Kidsafe trained; we aim to ensure that all classes in the school are covered by the programme.

Before the Kidsafe Programme can start, we invite Parents/Carers into school to meet with Mrs Wright to chat about Kidsafe and the look at the resources. 

 

Files to Download

Contact Us

St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Lugsdale Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6DD

Office Manager: Mrs M Roach

0151 424 2879

Sec2.StGerards@halton.gov.uk

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