Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support and protection.
We are committed to the safeguarding of all children and expect all of our staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
Keeping children safe is of paramount importance at Cliftonville Primary and Pre- School. It underpins every decision we make on a day to day basis and is much more than having a suite of policies in place. It takes many forms including the recruitment of new staff, risk assessments for visits, health care plans for children (and staff) with long-term medical needs, site security, regular accredited child protection staff training, online safety lessons for children, water and rail safety and staff with accredited first-aid training.
Safeguarding Children is:
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 below.
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.
You will find our safeguarding policies under the 'Key Information' menu - on the 'Policies' tab. They can also be found in the Safeguarding Policies folder below.
Visitors to Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School
When you visit Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School, you will be asked to sign in using our electronic system and put your sticker on your lanyard.
If, when the register is taken, your child is absent without contact from you, our Attendance team will contact you. The Attendance team complete home visits or welfare checks if we have concerns.
Entrances and Exits
All entrances and exits remain locked after children have arrived for the start of the school day. Visitors during the school day arrive through the main school gate which is opened and then closed electronically once the visitor has identified themselves. A Year group Leader or Senior Leader check that gates are closed and locked once children have arrived at school.
If a child goes home or attends an appointment during the school day, they are signed out (and back in again) using the inventory system from the main school office.
At the end of the school day, children are checked out of school by a member of staff ensuring that either a parent is there to collect them or that they have the necessary permissions to walk home on their own. This also applies to Extended Day or an after school club.