Our commitment to Safeguarding
Bathwick St. Mary Church School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. In line with our safeguarding policy and statutory guidance, we have clear procedures in school for responding to any concerns about a child’s safety or wellbeing.
The school is secure during the school day so all visitors are asked to report to the main entrance. Please be mindful that for everybody’s safety, identification procedures will be carried out: a copy of which are displayed by the office for your information.
All members of staff are vetted against national safeguarding procedures before being allowed to work in school. At least one member of every interview panel has undertaken safer recruitment training to ensure that best practices and all necessary checks are carried out.
For more information, please review our Safeguarding policies below or please speak to our Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Kevin Purkiss.
The latest Government publication Keeping Children Safe in Education can be viewed here
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare or worried they are being abused, please contact one of the safeguarding team in school. These are listed below. Alternatively, you can make direct contact with the Local Authority via the link below
- The Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found on the Policies page
The Safeguarding Team at Bathwick St Mary Church School
- Designated Safeguarding Lead – Head Teacher, Kevin Purkiss
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Duncan Jackson
- Safeguarding Governor – Mel Skeet
- Educate Against Hate website
- NSPCC – Share Aware
- Internet Matters – Online Matters
- The Expert Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety
Anxiety in children
Especially for children self-isolating, we appreciate they may well be anxious. Some resources you may find useful are here:
- Supporting Parents and Carers
- Staying Safe
- NHS Advice on Anxiety in Children
- CAMHS Bath – CAMHS is a free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
- NHS Health Visitors
- Kooth – Children aged 11 and over can access support from B&NES Kooth
- Happy Maps – Lots of information about health topics, including mental health
- B&NES Community Wellbeing Hub
- Helping Children With Back To School Anxiety Resources provided by Grace Church Bath
Keeping Your Children Safe Online – Information for Parents
This guidance is to support you to keep your children safe online. This is especially important for you in the current situation where children are accessing their learning online and using technology as a form of socialising and communication.
The most important thing you can do is talk to your children about what they do online and how they can stay safe.
You can also help to keep them safe online by having parental controls set up and monitoring what your children are accessing online.
Below are some links to useful resources to help you:
- To ensure that you have parental controls set up on the devices that your children are using,
- Give you information and advice about the sites and apps that your children are accessing
- To get help to report any concerns and remove any inappropriate content or material.
- Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Parent Zone – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers
- Childnet – Childnet have produced resources for 3-7 year olds and 7-11 year olds they are safe activities you can do from home with your children:
Parents and children can report any concerns or worries about anything in children’s online learning or any other sites/apps or inappropriate content to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the ‘Report an Issue’ Whisper button on our homepage. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions or need any further advice.