Safeguarding and Well-being
St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Internet Safety Day is EVERY day!
We teach about Internet Safety so often in school, probably most days, at least once, in relation to many areas of learning. Each year, there is a focus day to spotlight what children along with their families can do to ensure that they stay safe online. This was on 11th February 2020. Here are some links you may find useful:
Think You Know? What may be helpful to know about Tik Tok...
To check apps that are safe for your children: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
To stay safe online: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our website.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our school's safeguarding team:
Mrs Downes - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A Bullock - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S Edge - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
SUMO - Stop, Understand, Move On
We use SUMO in our school as a well of helping everyone solve problems and build resilience. Please see the leaflet below for more information. Using SUMO means that we have 'Hippo Time', which means that the children know that if they have a problem they have some (limited) time to 'wallow' but then they use positive thinking (Fruity Thinking) to help themselves. Children can sign up on the Hippo board at the Well-being room so that they can speak to someone in school about what is on their mind.
Single Point is a resource we use to support our boys and girls so that they achieve their best. St Francis Xavier believes that using this service is invaluable in guiding our families in so many ways, because of this, the school makes a significant investment into the serivce. Support can range from individual to group for both children and parents and carers. The service can be accessed within school for ease as well as off-site for privacy and dependent on the nature of the needs. We believe that there should not be any barriers for our boys and girls' learning, so ensuring well-being for all can contribute towards better achievement.
In 2019, our School Council decided to spend part of their budget on establishing a Well-being room. This is growing in its use popularity and use. Many children use the room to talk and share good news as well as their worries at times.
There is a Hippo board outside the room, which can be used for children to sign up discretely. The children are able to visit the room at lunchtimes, on Mondays and Fridays. Staff from school as well as Single Point are there for support. We strongly believe that everyone at St Francis Xavier has a voice and it is allowed to be heard. Our boys and girls should be able to tell you that they can speak to any adult at school about anything that makes them feel upset, uncomfortable or intimidated in any way. Though we have the Well-being room, we would expect our children to feel that they can speak to anyone whenever they are worried or upset.
Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to ensure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.
Want support or advice for your 11 year old?
Kooth: Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people. Kooth is a completely safe and an anonymous website where young people can go to gain advice, support and guidance from BACP qualified counsellors, up to 10pm, 365 days a year. The service is available for young people in Sandwell from 11‑18years (or up to 25 for care leavers). You can find it at: https://www.kooth.com/