St.Richard's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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 here.
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 pupils are discussed with 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 and are also part of West Sussex Operation Encompass which ensures that information about domestic violnce is shared with schools.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr. Aaron Morrissey (Acting Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs.Geraldine Hogan (Send Support Teacher). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Susannah Elvy.
The West Sussex Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 01403 229900 or out of hours on 0330 222 6664, email MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.
GDPR General Data Protection Regulation
On 25th May 2018 the current Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Policy Documents below outline your rights and our responsibilities under the new Act and explain the type of Data that we hold, how we process it and who we may share it with.
The documents also explain the procedures for Subject Access Requests (the process you can use to find out what data we hold on your Child) complaints procedures and also what information we make available under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act and how you can access this information.
Please see below our updated policies
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