If you have any safeguarding concerns you can contact the school office on 01253 878445 or email our Family Learning Mentor directly via the below email address;
Alternatively, if you have an urgent concern about a child you should contact Lancashire Children's Social Care directly on 0300 123 6720 or out of hours on 0300 123 6722 (5pm - 8am)
Our Family Learning Mentors' role
Our Family Learning Mentor has a dedicated office, safe space and therapeutic area within school which can be accessed by any pupil who feels they require some extra space and/or support outside of the classroom environment.
Kat is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for St Marys and will be the main point of contact for any families who are being supported by Children's Social Care or similar services.
There is a vast array of support available from our Family Learning Mentor, a few of which are detailed below;
♦ Social, Emotional, Mental Health or Behavioural Support for pupils
♦ Family Support and Advice for parents/guardians
♦ Signposting to other services
♦ Making referrals to other agencies for further support
♦ Attendance / Punctuality concerns
If you require any support or advice you can contact Ms Hampson via the school office on 01253 878445
Keeping our children safe from abuse
Teaching our children how to keep themselves safe from abuse can be a daunting prospect, however 'The Underwear Rule' launched by the NSPCC helps us tackle this important issue in a simple but effective way. The campaign encourages parents to talk to their children about how to keep themselves safe and what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable. With the help of Pantosaurus the dinosaur, the NSPCC have found a way of tackling this sensitive subject in a fun and age appropriate manner. The campaign urges everyone to #TalkPANTS with their children aged between 5-11; to singalong with the video and to share it with three of their parent friends. Please see the attached link below to view the Pantosaurus singalong video or visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/ for more information.
Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help.
School Safeguarding Events
Road Safety Town - Lancashire Constabulary
We are always pleased to welcome PC Chris Banks and PC Dave Reid from Lancashire Constabulary to learn more about road safety. The children take part in a small quiz about how to keep themselves safe and are encouraged to demonstrate how they would safely cross the road during role play situations. The children always thoroughly enjoy the interactive nature of the sessions which give each child the opportunity to drive a motorised car around a street scene. This promotes the importance of being aware of your surroundings and also highlights how distractions can easily cause accidents.
'Safer Internet Day' provides us with a great opportunity to talk to the children about how we can all help to make the internet a kinder place. 'Safer Internet day' celebrates the positive impact the internet can have and explores what we can all do to make sure young people have a positive time online. Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology and the most important thing you can do to promote this is to have a conversation and stay engaged with your children's digital lives. The link below provides a number of useful resources to support you in having these discussions at home.
Visit from the NSPCC schools service
Every year our year 5's and 6's welcome Chris and Ann from the NSPCC schools service who deliver an interactive workshop focussing on how to keep ourselves safe. The session focuses on important safeguarding messages which ensure all pupils are able to identify what is and isn't normal behaviour; how they can keep themselves safe; and ensure all pupils are able to identify a trusted adult who they can speak to should they have worries.
The children always provide great feedback about the workshop and really enjoy the interactive nature of the sessions.