Safeguarding

At St. Martin’s School and in the wider Discovery Educational Trust, we place a very high importance on safeguarding children. It is the number one priority that will always be at the forefront of everything we do.
 
Safeguarding children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

 
At St. Martin’s School, we have an experienced and extensive Safeguarding Team as detailed in the Key Safeguarding Contact information below.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Mr K Camy kcamy@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs G Wilson gwilson@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Ms A Bryant abryant@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs S Howells scook@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mr S Smith ssmith@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Associated Local School Committee Member Mr J Gaughan jgaughan@discoveryeducationaltrust.co.uk

 

The Discovery Educational Trust Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies across all of its schools, including St. Martin’s. The Trust policy is available via this link.

'Extremism' is a belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable. It may include values and ideologies which may well be legal, but which could place people on a course towards supporting illegal, violent extremist views.

'Radicalisation' is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

Children and young people have a natural curiosity which, as parents, we want to encourage. However, as our children grow up we have to take different steps to ensure their safety.

Currently a number of young people have been persuaded to leave the country against the wishes of their families, or in secret, putting themselves in extreme danger.

As a parent you may be worried about how extremism and radicalisation might affect your child. Please click the links below for more information.

Victvs Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation

Prevent duty guidance

 

'County Lines' refers to a type of criminal exploitation in which gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. Please click on the following hyperlink for more information.

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

The Discovery Educational Trust Online Safety Policy applies across all of its schools, including St. Martin’s. The Trust policy is available via this link.

The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.

If a child or young person you work with is worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there.

If a child you know needs someone to talk to because of anything which has upset them, it could be that they are being bullied or that they have seen something online which they wish they hadn’t, there are a number of places they can go.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Safety Centre - https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/
 
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/
Tel: 0800 1111
 
Thinkuknow – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 
 
Internet Watch Foundation - https://www.iwf.org.uk/ 
 
Get Safe Online - https://www.getsafeonline.org/ 
 
NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ 
 
Live my Digital - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBg2YYV3Bts for pupils 
 
Live my Digital - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A51ggI1Fos for parents/carers 
 
Parents' Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Commonsense Media) -
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok 
 
TikTok application safety – What parents need to know (Internet Matters) -
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/tik-tok-app-safety-what-parents-need-to-know/