Safeguarding and Medical
At St James Primary School our core responsibility is for the safety and well-being of the children in our care. As such we take our responsibility for safeguarding, including our statutory responsibilities, very seriously. Only if children are safe and happy are they able to fulfil their potential in their learning.
We achieve this objective by:
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe. Pupils are taught about safeguarding as a part of the national curriculum through PSHE, SRE and Religious Education.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Staff development and learning to recognise children in need of protection.
Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility
In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, the school will act in accordance with the following guidance:
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)
We have a number of policies in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment including our child protection policy (see below) and online safety policies. At St James we take the safety of our children very seriously, both in the real world and online. You can find out more about E-Safety in the online safety section of our website.
What is Safeguarding and Child Protection?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare 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; and taking action to enable all children have the best outcome.
Child protection is the protection of children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding Support in Walsall
MASH is the first point of contact for any professional or concerned individual who has concerns about a child. They will provide consultation, advice and support and will make a decision regarding the most appropriate course of action.
MASH contact details: Telephone: 0300 555 2866 option 2
Monday – Thursday 8.45-17.15
Address: Civic Centre, 2nd floor, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP
Outside these hours, you should contact the Emergency Response Team
Telephone: 0300 555 2922 or 0300 555 2836
In an emergency call 999
Meet Our Designated Safeguarding Leads
Walsall Early Help
Early Help is the term used by agencies in Walsall to describe how we provide support to children, young people and their families, as soon as problems start to emerge. The aim is for families to get help as early as possible, so things don't get worse.
With the right support at the right time, things can actually improve. As a family member this might mean that you access Early Help support yourself or that professionals work with you and your family.
The Walsall Local Offer
The Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and their families in the borough. It includes information about:
- Advice, information and support services
- Children’s centres
- Employment, training and volunteering
- Leisure and youth services
- Money and welfare advice
- Parent support
- Post 16 information
- Special educational needs and disabilities
- Social Care