Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School

The All Saints' Trust

Safeguarding

Keeping Children Safe is Everyone's Responsibility

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy       Safeguarding Information Leaflet

                                   DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021-22

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding children and our procedures are in line with the Local Authority (LA) and the London Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) procedures. 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead Senior Person (DSL) is Mrs Patricia Geraghty and the Deputy DSL is Mrs Philomena Boune.  They can be contacted on 020 8450 6757 or by email: safeguarding@ologinfants.brent.sch.uk.  In an emergency outside of school hours, please telephone: 07745 905209

The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Mr Harold Cabrera who can be contacted via the School or via the Clerk to Governors at:  cathi.ologinfant@gmail.com

The London Child Protection Procedures are available online at: www.londoncp.co.uk

If you think that a child or young person in Brent is at risk of harm, grooming, neglect or other abuse you must Call 999 if they are in immediate danger

If you are worried that they have already been abused or may be harmed in the future call the Brent Family Front Door on: 020 8937 4300 [Option 1] or by e-mail: family.frontdoor@brent.gcsx.gov.uk.  For out of hours emergency, please call : 020 8863 5250 

The LA Designated Officer ("LADO") for Child Protection can be contacted on: 020 8937-4834 or by e-mail: www.brent.lado@brent.gov.uk

NSPCC Helpline can be contacted on: 0808 800 5000 or please visit website: www.nspcc.org.uk for further information        

Prevent Duty

The aim of “Prevent” is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Delivery of Prevent is grounded in early intervention and safeguarding -  please click here for Channel Duty Guidance

The Prevent Strategy Coordinator for Brent is:  Kibbi Octave – Tel: 020 8937 4225
E-mail: Kibbi.octave@brent.gov.uk

The Department for Education also has a dedicated telephone helpline, 020 7340 7264, which school staff and governors can call to raise concerns about extremism with respect to a pupil. You can also email counter.extremism@education.gov.uk. Note that this is not for use in emergency situations.

In an emergency, call 999 or the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 if you:

  1. Think someone is in immediate danger
  2. Think someone may be planning to travel to join an extremist group
  3. See or hear something that may be terrorist-related 

Female Genital Mutilation ("FGM")

The Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education explains that FGM comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs”.

FGM is illegal in the UK and a form of child abuse with long-lasting, harmful consequences. It is also known as ‘female genital cutting’, ‘circumcision’ or ‘initiation’.

Any teacher who discovers (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out on a pupil under 18 must immediately report this to the police, personally. This is a statutory duty, and teachers will face disciplinary sanctions for failing to meet it.

FGM - Female Genital Mutilation Indicators:

  • Child's family comes from community known to practice FGM
  • Child may talk about special or long holiday to country where practice is prevalent
  • Child may confide that she is to have a special procedure or attend a special occasion

FGM Helpline:   0800 028 3550                 fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk