Safeguarding & Child Protection

Most parents feel that their children are safe, happy and secure in the school. Pupils agree that they feel safe. (Ofsted June 2016)

At St Mary's School we are committed to:

  • safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety, and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, of children and young people;
  • promoting equality of opportunity and community cohesion where the diversity of different backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued;
  • the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

All of our staff, volunteers and other workers are expected to share this commitment. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. 

Our three main approaches to Child Protection are:

  • Prevention through the creation of a positive school atmosphere and the teaching, and pastoral support offered to pupils.
  • Protection by following agreed procedures and ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns.
  • Support to pupils who may have been abused.


Child Protection Policy September 2023

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2023

Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Child on Child Abuse Policy 2023 

Dealing With Safeguarding Allegations Against Adults In School September 2023

NSPCC Helpline and contact details

Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB)

Southend Essex and Thurrock (SET) Procedures