Acting quickly can make all the difference.
If you think a child might be suffering neglect or abuse, it can be difficult to know what to do. But your action is vital in making sure that child gets the help they need.
If you are concerned about a child in Kent call the Kent Safeguarding Children Board reporting line on 03000 411111.
For more information about the Kent Safeguarding Children Board please visit their website https://www.kscb.org.uk/
If you think the child is in immediate danger, you should call the police.
At St Mary's we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs McGarrigle (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Davison (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Fletcher (Head of KS1). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Mrs Sepet (Year 6 TA).
To contact any of our safeguarding leads please contact the school office on 01322 665212.
Please see our safeguarding, e-safety and Early Years safeguarding policy below.
St Mary's is part of Operation Encompass, which provides schools with information if any child who attends there is involved in an incident of domestic abuse (even if they are not hurt, but witness another harmed). Information will only be provided to Mrs McGarrigle, and will only be used for support of the child involved. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school office and ask for Mrs McGarrigle.
Use of Images
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils.
We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites.
We understand that in some circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, on our school social media accounts and in newsletters. Consent letters regarding the schools' use of images of children are sent out upon admission to the school however if you require more information regarding this then please contact the school on 01322 665121.