Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. The governing body will ensure that our college will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that we have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. Here at St Thomas More RC College we are a community and all those directly connected i.e. staff members, Governors, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.

Our Ethos

We believe that at St Thomas More we should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child. We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our setting that will help children feel safe and respected. We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly and feel confident that they will be listened to. We recognise that all adults within our college including permanent and temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. We will work with parents to build an understanding of our responsibilities to ensure the welfare of all children, including the need for referrals to other agencies in some situations.

The Safeguarding Team

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Walker and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms Kirk.

The other members of the Safeguarding Team are:

· Ms Lennie

· Ms Wilson

· Ms Worsley

· Mr Wright

Our pupils know that they can speak to a member of the safeguarding team if they have any concerns or use Whisper to report any safeguarding issues