Safeguarding

For any issue relating to Safeguarding, including concerns regarding your child or another St Katherine’s student, contact:

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Hayden Southon
Tel: 01275 373737
Email: southonh@skdrive.org

St Katherine’s School, it’s staff and volunteers, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We ensure that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other student at St Katherine’s School please do not hesitate to contact Mr Southon, he is supported by a team of teachers and support staff and he knows who to contact for the best advice and help.   Mr Southon is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.

Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Co-ordinator, Mrs King. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the North Somerset Education Welfare Service.