Morpeth All Saints C. of E. Aided First School fully recognises the responsibility it has to have arrangements about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Through their day to day contact with children and direct work with families, our staff have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect. We have a duty to care for the children in our school and in referring concerns to the appropriate agency. We will follow the procedures set out in Interagency Procedures produced by the Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board. Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, parents, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. This section of our website aims to give you a brief guide to safeguarding and links to other sections of the website containing relevant policies and procedures in our school. If you cannot find something, please contact the school and let us know!
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Miss K. Halliday
Our Governor for Safeguarding is: Mrs. H. Stewart
We fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the health and well-being of all the children in our care. We strive to ensure we practise:-
Child Protection and Tackling Extremism Radicalisation Prevent
Something which is clearly not part of any British or European value is extremism. It is important to remember that whilst the threat from so-called Islamic State has been a focus in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, the Prevent Duty is clear that extremism of all kinds should be tackled too. In England, far right groups such as Britain First and the English Defence League need to be tackled, too. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. All adults working at Morpeth All Saints are aware of their responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of every pupil, both physical and emotional, inside and outside school. This involves ensuring that pupils are protected from significant physical or emotional harm and that there is a positive commitment to ensure the satisfactory development and growth of the individual. Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society. The Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Policy sets out our beliefs, strategies and procedures to protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, by identifying who they are and promptly providing them with support.
E-Safety information for parents
Using the internet safely is a key skill that our children need to learn, both at school, and from home. The following resources will help parents and children to get to grips with all the different aspects of e-safety. Miss Halliday is the e-safety Co-ordinator in school and Mrs C. Chester is the Governor in charge of e-safety. Please report any concerns to us as soon as possible.
Health & Safety Effective management of the school buildings is the responsibility of the
Headteacher, working closely with Governors, School Business Manager and Caretaker. Morpeth
All Saints CE Aided First School carefully considers the building’s condition and suitability to ensure
safe and continuous operation and effective management of curriculum needs. The Education
(School Premises) Regulations (1999) prescribe the minimum standards for school premises. They
include a general requirement that every part of the school’s premises must be such as to reasonably
assure the health, safety and welfare of the occupants. The Health and Safety at Work Act etc.
(1974) sets out the broad principles for managing health and safety legislation in workplaces, which
places a general duty on employers to "ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety
and welfare at work of all their employees" and requires employers to conduct their undertaking in a
way that does not pose risk to the health and safety of non-employees.
(Disclosure & Barring Service, DBS referrals: form and guidance, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulation. Note, it is an offence to apply, offer or accept to do any work with children (paid or unpaid) if disqualified from working with children).
Ensure that all staff receive appropriate safeguarding training, which includes e-safety.
Miss Halliday, Mrs. Stewart (Governor), Mrs. Michie (Governor), Mrs. Ritson and Mrs. Taylor
have completed NSPCC training in safer recruitment.
Please refer to Visitor section for further information