"The arrangements for safeguarding are effective." Ofsted report 22-23 November 2016
We all have a responsibility to keep children safe: at home; in our neighbourhoods; in clubs and organisations; at school; in cyber-space. In school all staff have an obligation to act when they have concerns about neglect, abuse, extremism or exploitation. Sometimes a child may make a disclosure to a member of staff; at other times the school may be contacted by another parent; a concerned relative; a social care professional; a health care professional; another school; the police. The school has a duty to act upon any disclosure and has a clear policy for dealing with Child Protection. There is a Designated Lead for Child Protection, Mr Peter O'Kane and his deputy is Mrs Noreen Hurley. All staff members undergo training in Child Protection, First Aid, PREVENT and other relevant initiatives. The children receive age-appropriate guidance about keeping safe in a variety of ways: RE lessons, PSHE lessons, assemblies, Computing lessons, and counselling sessions from our qualified Child Counsellor/Play Therapist, Catherine Burns or from the Brentwood Catholic Children's Society Social Worker.
Holy Family School works very closely with Essex County Council, in particular with Jo Barclay, the Essex LA Safeguarding Officer. The school is committed to following the SET Procedures that apply in Southend, Thurrock and Essex. The most recent SET procedures were published in December 2016.
In this section of the website you can find our Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding contact details.