At Corpus Christi, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and recognise that we act to keep children safe and protect them from harm in all aspects of school life.
Our safeguarding responsibilities include the actions we take to prevent harm, promote wellbeing, create a safe environment and ensure all children thrive and have a secure understanding of their rights and responsibilities and treat others with respect.
We recognise that safeguarding our children is the responsibility of every adult in the school. Through our curriculum, we teach children how to keep themselves self both in and outside of school and support them to understand behaviours that might compromise their safety and well-being.
If you have a concern about the safety of a child and want to speak to someone in school, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of the deputies.
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Mrs G Comerford - Lead Practitioner|
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead|
Miss U. Clark - Head teacher
Mrs A. Cope - Inclusion Leader
|Pastoral Support Worker||Mrs R Sayin|
|Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding||Mrs N. Burnett|
|Any adult can also contact Portsmouth Children's Services on 02392 688793 Monday -Friday 9am-5pm. Out of hours service, phone. 0300 555 1373|
The Designated Safeguarding Lead's role is to ensure all children are safe from harm and that the school carries out its statutory safeguarding responsibilities. If a parent has any concern they should come and talk to Mrs Comerford in the first instance.
In the absence of Mrs Comerford, all safeguarding concerns should be reported to Miss Clark or Mrs Cope. In an emergency the Police or Children's Services can be contacted directly by any concerned person.
Promoting safeguarding through teaching and learning
Our PSHE curriculum promotes children's personal development where they can grow in confidence and become articulate, thoughtful and informed young people who know how to make healthy choices and keep safe.
The annual curriculum programme includes a variety of opportunities for children to understnad how to stay safe and what to do if they don't feel safe. This includes work on our school rules, online safety and safety outside the school. We also have an anti-bullying week each year. The school works with NSPCC to explore some themes related to keeping safe including the Talk PANTS approach which is a simple child friendly way of staying safe. Due to the Covid -19 pandemic children have also been supported to develop their understanding of the issues related to this.
Behaviour, Anti-bullying and discrimination
Our ethos encourages children to treat others with respect and to celebrate our diversity and differences. The skills of being a good friend and taking responsibility for our actions are reinforced through our curriculum and positive relationships, however, incidents of bullying and discrimination are taken seriously at Corpus Christi. Children are taught to identify bullying behaviour and are encouraged to immediately report it to an adult
When issues arise, the school has adopted a restorative justice approach which helps children explore concerns and issues in a safe environment and recognise that each of us needs to play our part in helping to maintain a happy, friendly and co-operative environment. Children are taught that everyone has the right to:
As a school we aim to reward and celebrate positive behaviour choices and achievements. Each week a child from each class is awarded the Good Shepherd Award for actively living out the school's mission to "live our lives like Jesus."
Supporting our Families
We aim to support our families to ensure the safety and well-being of children through: