Kirkstall St Stephen’s C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all 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 Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our policies page. Policies Page Link
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.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Steven Viles (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs J Doyle (Learning Mentor). Other members of staff currently on the Safeguarding team are Mrs F Andrews (SENDCo). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Mrs C Greaves.
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. We ask before events if there is any objection to photographs/videos being taken and if there are concerns we ask staff to respect those wishes. Furthermore, any images taken must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk.
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. Permission letters to ask for photographs to be published for school use were signed when pupils entered our school. If you are not happy about any image being used, for any reason, please inform the school office and it will be removed. Please note, we will not show pupils photographs alongside their names.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We may use photographs 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. We will not publish children’s names alongside their photographs.