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Safeguarding

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding all our children. We believe that children have a right to learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment. Children have a right to be protected from all types of abuse. All staff at St Vincent's are all highly trained in Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty. Staff are vigilant in looking for signs of abuse and know how to apply our robust safeguarding procedures. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Team is listed below: 

Safeguarding Governor:                              Mrs Donnachie

Designated Safeguarding Lead:                 Mrs Harrop

Deputy Safeguarding Leads:                      Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton 

We adhere to all statutory DfE guidance listed below:  

Keeping Children Safe In Education 2023

Working Together to Safeguard Children

What To Do If You're Worried A Child Is Being Abused

Information Sharing for Practitioners

The Prevent Duty   

Educate Against Hate Parent Resources 

Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Trafford Children's First Response (formerly MARAT)

Trafford Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS)

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and, when an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following Monday.

Trafford Children's First Response

Children's First Response is Trafford’s single point of contact for all professionals and members of the public to report concerns, request advice and share information about a child and/or family. If the child is at immediate risk of harm call the Police on 999. If you are a member of the public who has a concern about a child, and they are not at immediate risk of harm, you should call Trafford Children's First Response on 0161 912 5125 during office hours (Mon - Fri 8:30 - 4:30) or 0161 912 2020 out of hours (Emergency Duty Team).

Below are a range of pages or links on topics that will help you understand how to keep your child safe, spot danger signs and offer you support and help.

Radicalisation (Prevent Duty)

Child sexual exploitation

Children missing in education

Children missing from home or care

Missing children and adults

Domestic violence

Mental health

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Bullying including cyberbullying

Sexting

Child on Child abuse

Faith Abuse

Forced Marriage

Trafficking

Young Carers

Safeguarding Curriculum 

Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of Fundamental British Values are a core aspect aspect of our work. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum is enriched with opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and attitudes and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Through our personal development provision, our PSHE and RSE curriculum covers all areas of safeguarding through each of the strands. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects are taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group level or 1:1 level where a need arises. We challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their physical health and mental wellbeing. We give children opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities in order that they develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British Values and prevent radicalisation and extremism.  

Here are some examples of the work we do to ensure children remain safe:

  • Online safety lessons and pupil digital leaders in school
  • Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
  • 'Stranger Danger', being safe in the outdoors, what to do if?
  • What to do if you are separated from your group (in relation to school visits) 
  • Robust anti-bullying policy and procedures and buddy system
  • Reminders about behaviour rewards and behaviour we want to see inside and outside of school
  • Relationship and Sex Education Policy, NSPCC Pants lessons each year
  • Bikeability and road safety
  • Fire awareness visits from the local fire service and fire drills
  • PHSE Policy and themes which include strategies for developing self-esteem and confidence
  • School Council is proactive in listening to other children’s views and acting upon their ideas
  • Clear safety procedures built into the start and end of each day
  • Talks from dental hygienists, nurses, police, road safety officers and fire fighters
  • Hats and cream worn for sun protection
  • Safeguarding induction procedures for new staff

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
Altrincham,
Cheshire,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040

admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn't be happier with St Vincent's, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent's, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey
Pupil’s behaviour is exemplary, and they respect and care for all in the school community - Denominational Inspection
Ofsted Outstanding Provider Logo
School Games Platinum Award 2021/22-2022/23
CPD champion School
Primary Science Quality Mark 2021-2024
Dyslexia Aware 2022-2025
Diocese of Shrewsbury Logo
Music Mark School Member
All Together gold School 2021
Wellbeing Award for Schools
Living Wage Foundation Logo
360 Safe Accredited Safer Online Logo
Primary Geography Quality Mark Gold 2021-24
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools- Silver Right Aware
Leading Parent Partnership Award 2021-2024
EDPA 2022-2025 Award
Trafford Council Inclusion Charter
Improving Children's Mental Health: Place 2 Be