If you are worried, or have concerns regarding the safety or well-being of a child, please contact one of our safegurading team on 01977 651755 or contact Social Care Direct on 0345 8503 503.
Safeguarding – Everyone’s Responsibility
At St Joseph’s, all staff treat the safeguarding of pupils as upmost priority, by ensuring they take safeguarding duties seriously and promote the well-being of all our children by:
- Ensuring a safe learning environment for all children;
- Promoting a shared responsible for the well-being of children;
- Developing and implementing robust measures to help us identify and report any safeguarding concern;
- Working with other agencies and partners to support children and families;
- Keeping updated and well informed to help raise awareness and understanding of Child Protection issues; and
- Promoting an awareness and understanding of how children can keep themselves safe.
Safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment.
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development.
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Early intervention from professionals to enable all children to have the best possible outcomes.
Wakefield Children’s Charter
St Joseph’s has signed up, supports and follows ‘The Children and Young People’s Safeguarding Charter’, an agreement which we are committed to putting into practice and applying its principles.
The Charter was officially launched by Wakefield & District Safeguarding Board, in May 2016, in conjunction with more than 200 young people across the authority, who gave their views and ideas.
The document below outlines the expectations of how schools, health and social care agencies, as well as the police, can support young people in enabling them to thrive and achieve.
Young people have stressed that they want to be listened to, kept safe, taken seriously and be treated with care and respect.
The Charter also sets out a series of pledges that apply to all staff working with young people, including making a personal commitment to be professional, to be trained, to know what to do and to show respect and understanding.
Wakefield Working Together Pledge
St Joseph’s, along with other partners and agencies from across the district, is fully committed to delivering the pledge, which includes promising to:
- Make the voice of the child a central part of the way in which we design and deliver services.
- Provide meaningful opportunities for children and young people to gain useful skills and experience, setting them up for a successful future
- Support Children in Care to be healthy, happy, safe and ambitious
- Support all children and young people to feel safe
- Acknowledge that emotional and physical wellbeing is a crucially important aspect of a child or young person’s quality of life
- Become foster and adoption friendly organisations
St Joseph’s has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between schools, Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police. The project aims to support children who are living in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. Witnessing or even hearing domestic abuse is distressing for a child or young person. They may see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or can be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.
The domestic violence and abuse school notification project has been designed to provide confidential notification to schools on any incidents of domestic violence and abuse which occur within a child’s household that might have an impact on a child whilst they are in school.
The project will ensure that a member of the school staff is trained to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, and ensure that the school is able to make provision and allowances for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence or abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be very useful and supportive for all those involved.
We believe this project demonstrates our school’s commitments to the safety, welfare of pupils and families.
If you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information please contact any member of the Safeguarding Team
Useful Safeguarding Documents for Parents:
Useful Safeguarding Websites for Parents:
https://www.kooth.com/ – XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
http://earlyhelp.wakefield.gov.uk/ – Wakefield Early Help – Early Help means providing support to a child, young person or their family as soon as a problem emerges. Whether you’re a parent, a young person or an Early Help professional looking for advice, support or family activities, you’ll find all the information you need on these pages.