At Christ the King our Designated Safeguarding Team are:
Joanne Procter - Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead
Lindsay Barker - Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Jennifer Jones - Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Karen Head - SBM and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
Christ the King Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, children and volunteers to share this commitment. Childre have the right to be safe in school and our duty to ensure this. Safeguarding is managed in a number of ways. This includes ensuring the positive behaviour of all children, keeping all children safe on the school site, an effective approach to anti-bullying, protecting children online, supporting children to communciate their thoughts through pupil voice and adhering to all related safeguarding and child protection policies.
Christ the King is committed to providing a secure environment for children, in which they feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.
As part of safeguarding work, we work in partnership with colleagues from other agencies. This includes colleagues from school nursing, social care, community police, children's centres, therapists, paediatricians and other agencies. When we can, our intention is always to consult and work with families to achieve the best outcome for the child. Sometimes circumstances exist which do not allow for the consultation and the school has to take independent action in order to ensure a child is safeguarded.
In conjunction with Merseyside Police, Christ the King is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard, or witnesses a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children can arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared for the day ahead. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The Prevent Duty Guidance (under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 ) was released by the Government and places a duty on schools, and other agencies, to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This legal duty came into force on 1st July 2015.
At Christ the King, our recruitment and selection procedures are in accordance with the DfE guidance ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (April 2012)’and ‘Keeping children safe in education guidance’ (DfE September 2023).