At St. Stephen’s School the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to the school each day with the expectation that we provide a secure environment in which their children can flourish. When parents leave their child at the school gates they are in effect agreeing to allow the teachers and other staff at the school to act ‘in loco
Parentis’. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place:
Our policies ensure that pupils are provided a fair, secure and harmonious environment. They will be safe from harm, know that staff have their welfare at heart, and they know that their views will be listened to and respected. All safeguarding policies are reviewed at least annually.
Pupil Well Being
As a Rights Respecting school, pupils are given opportunities throughout the day to voice their opinions, concerns and worries, should they need to. They are encouraged to participate fully in the broad and balanced curriculum on offer and know there are trusted adults with whom they can speak should they feel the need. Our robust safeguarding curriculum ensures that young people know how to remain safe and secure and to speak out. We recognise the importance of a healthy balanced diet and as such provide every child with a freshly cooked school meal every day, provided free of charge. It is our policy at St. Stephen’s that children are not allowed to fast
during the school day from Monday to Friday. Children then have the option to fast at special times of the year at weekends and during school holidays. We have a duty of care to ensure that any concerns are recorded and referred to the safeguarding leads.
In school there are always paediatric trained members of staff who oversee first aid. There are a number of first aid kits situated around school. When a child is ill, or has suffered an accident in school, there is a protocol for staff to follow ensuring that there are clear lines of communication between school and home.
St. Stephen’s is a secure and safe environment for all members of the federated community. Security is regularly reviewed and monitored by the health and safety team.
Staff Vetting checks
All staff that work in the school must have an enhanced DBS. These checks are carried out by the School Business Manager.
Educational visits and risk assessments
The educational visits coordinator has attended LA training. Risk assessment records are carried out for all educational visits as well as all events on site.
The Children's Act 2004 states that in order to keep children safe, relevant partner agencies including schools, police and the NHS work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The police will contact the safeguarding lead should a domestic incident
involving the child’s immediate family be reported. We, as a school, can then ensure that children are supported as necessary.
The Head Teacher, Neena Lall OBE, has overall responsibility for Safeguarding
across the federation.
The safeguarding team includes:
- Nursery Safeguarding Team Lead: Janet Patterson
- Primary Safeguarding Team Lead: Jenna Chapman
- Children Centre Manager & Nursery Designated Safeguarding Lead: Marie
- Primary Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jennifer Ward
- Health and Safety Coordinator: Mark Little
- Primary Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Chetan Patel
- Designated Teacher for Looked After Children: Chetan Patel
- Online-Safety Coordinator: Chetan Patel
- Pastoral Manager: Misbah Dar
- Behaviour Manager: Jo Fleming
- Learning Mentors: Lalita Varsani, Jash Halai, Krupali Trivedi, Hazra
Thawa, Gentiana Aga, Jahanara Ahmed and Aisha Khankhara.