The staff of St. Anne’s Preparatory School form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, we make sure that our approach is child-centred. This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
We recognise that for our pupils, high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult, help to prevent abuse. We create a culture of vigilance where children feel safe and secure; they are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Pupils know there are adults within school whom they can approach if they are worried or having difficulties and that they will receive the right help at the right time to address risks and prevent issues escalating. The photographs of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputies and the contact details of Childline are also displayed on posters around school.
Pupils are clear that any bullying, including cyber bullying, will not be tolerated. We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and acceptance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Pupils are provided with material to help them develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life and teach them how to build resilience towards risks. We work with parents to ensure that they are aware of our policies and practice for safeguarding and we aim to establish an open, honest and effective partnership with them.