Safeguarding is an umbrella term, which includes:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's mental health and wellbeing;
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and;
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
At Talbot we are committed to safeguarding all of our children and families. To do this, we ensure that staff have DBS checks and have regular safeguarding training to ensure their knowledge is up to date.
Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there is a concern about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with his/her parents first unless we believe that such a move would be contrary to a child’s welfare.
As part of this, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL).
- DSL: Mr J Gathercole
- DDSL: Mrs K Grocott
If you need support and advice or have any concerns you can always speak to us directly or you can contact Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Board's First Response Service on 0800 13 13 126. If you need to make a call out of office hours, you should contact the Emergency Duty Service on 0845 604 2886. If you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm – dial 999 to contact the Police.
Further information can be found on The Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Board's website.
Our safeguarding policy can be found on the policies page.
When creating safe environments for children, we must also consider their online safety. The platforms that our children have access to could potentially facilitate harm and it is part of our duty to educate them about this.
Our children have no filter between the offline world and the online world. They are merged as they have known no different. We need to teach our children about online safety as it is a big part of the computing curriculum. Please do not assume that because your child can use technology easily that they know how to be safe online. There is a big difference. We need to support them in the ways that they can be safe online together to help safeguard and protect our children.
We strongly advise you as parents to set up parental controls on any devices that your child has access to. Details of how this can be done are available on the ChildNet website.
If you would like to complete some online activities with your child at home, here is a link to some resources for you.
Our online safety policy can be found on the policies page.