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Leadership Safeguarding Statement

The Headteacher, Mrs Hannah Maskell and Priory School governors recognise the importance of its ministry work with children and young people in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

This school is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring their well-being.

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of its pupils and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
  • All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of pupils, and staff, and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children.

We are committed to:

  • Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and good practice recommendations.
  • Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
  • Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
  • Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
  • Following any local authority guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults in need of protection.
  • Supporting the safeguarding personnel in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/vulnerable adults.
  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this place of worship/organisation.
  • Supporting parents and families
  • Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and young people
  • Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.
  • Supporting all in the school affected by abuse.
We recognise:

  • Children’s Services (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please do speak to one of the following:

Mrs Hannah Maskell - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher

Mrs Lorraine Dudman and Miss Ann King- Deputy Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Jane Young – Governor responsible for Safeguarding

Please note that allegations against adults, or complaints should always be raised with the Head Teacher (Mrs Maskell) in the first instance. Should anyone need to contact our Chair of Governors in order to raise an allegation, or make a complaint they should write to Mrs Jane Young, c/o Priory School.

At Priory we use CPOMs as our system for recording information that we consider to be safeguarding information. As a parent you are entitled to see this information and may request to do so.

Further information about the programme can be found here -
Information sharing paragraph 
Parents Protect and @StopItNowUKandIreland have made a series of short films to help families understand the risks around child sexual abuse and how to protect children offline and online. To find out more, please visit:
Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
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