At St Martin's CE Primary School, nothing is more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of our pupils. We are rigorous in our approach to safeguarding and work closely with parents/carers and a range of external agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Mrs Becky McManus
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) - Mr S McBride, Mrs L Saunders
Designated Teacher (of LAC) - Mr Steve McBride
Safeguarding Governor - Mrs Kirsten Harwood
At St Martin's, online safety forms an important part of our Computing and PSHE curriculum. We strive to ensure children understand the importance of using technology safely and respectfully, we teach them how to keep themselves safe online and where to go for help and support when they have concerns.
The following websites give helpful advice and guidance around e-safety, and we encourage our parents to look at them.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.The Prevent Strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right-wing, violent groups and other causes.
How Does the Prevent Strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent Strategy.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
We also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, e.g. using filters on the Internet to make sure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. We carry out our prevent duty with our children and families in an age-appropriate way, so that our pupils understand values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.