Safeguarding

At St Bernard’s we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students.

The Safeguarding Policy is available on our school website and is available on request from the school office. We also inform parents and carers about this policy when their children join our school and through our school newsletter.

In addition, all members of staff are provided with Part One of the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, DfE (2016).

This policy will be reviewed in full by the Governing Body on an annual basis.

Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Leads:
Siobhan Kent, Principal
Jane Hawke, Deputy SENDCo

Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor:
Monsignor John Ryan

A safeguarding concern is any issue which places a child at risk, including risk to self.

Particular urgency applies if the students is a Looked After child, a poor school attender, a Child In Need, or a child subject to a Child Protection Plan.

The purpose of St Bernard’s Catholic High School’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm and that we maintain a culture of vigilance in safeguarding our students.

This means we will always work to:

  • Protect children and young people at our school from maltreatment;
  • Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;
  • Ensure that children and young people at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Ensure that children are protected from developing extremist views under the prevent strategy

Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

Our policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents, governors, volunteers and visitors.