Safeguarding Children is Everyone's Responsibility
St Mary's Church of England Academy recognises that the welfare of every one of our children is paramount - the needs and wishes of the children will be put first. We take our duty to protect children seriously and will promote the welfare of those in our care as a matter of the highest priority.
At St Mary's Church of England Academy we are committed to safeguarding children. Our first priority is your child's welfare and we will usually discuss any concerns we might have about your child with you. There might be rare occasions, however, when we have to provide information to or consult other agencies such as Children's Services Social Care before we contact you. Our responsibility to do so is determined by the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures, which can be found on the Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board website.
If you want to know more about these, or the Academy's Child Protection procedures, please speak to a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team - Miss Anne Cooper, Miss Lesley Osborne, Mrs Roxanne Rutter and Mrs Christine Walls.
Childline has launched a website aimed at children under the age of 12. This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling.
It also includes a facility where they can chat to a counsellor online - Click Here for Childline Website
To view our current Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, please visit our policies section of the website or follow the Policies link below.
The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet.
We are therefore delighted to announce that St Mary's Church of England Academy have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online to become a National Online Safety Accredited School for the 2019-2020 academic year.
If you are a parent or carer, you can register for an account with National Online Safety to complete the parents and carers course. The URL has been emailed out to all, but if you require this again, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. It gives up-to-date advice and information about navigating the online world. Although it takes time to complete, those parents who have already accessed this fantastic resource have informed us about how informative and thought provoking it was, covering issues that they were not even aware of.