St. Nicholas CE Middle School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Safeguarding Officers" in school.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Cheryl Hooper. She is supported by the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Michele Brown. The Safeguarding Leads work alongside the Federation Safeguarding team of Julie Groves and Gail Pruden.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at St. Nicholas CE Middle School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
All staff across the Federation receive an annual Safeguarding Training.
Cause for Concern
Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often that not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. All staff from the Pinvin Federation of St. Nicholas CE Middle School and Pinvin CE First School received Prevent training in September 2015.
Safety on the Web
Pinvin CE First School encourages parents and children to visit the CEOP www.thinkuknow.co.uk to keep you and your friends safe with Hector Protector and his friends. Security on our computer system is a high priority.
Pinvin CE First School encourages parents and children to visit the CEOP website (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) www.thinkuknow.co.uk to build knowledge of how to stay safe online;. This website has lots of fun activities which children can gain vital information on staying safe.
Internet access is filtered by our Internet Service Provider (ISP) but ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. We also have a secondary filtering provided by a dedicated internet server/router. This provides additional filtering which allows the children to only view certain pages.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the office team. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Education Investigation Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Investigation Officer.