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St Andrew

Safeguarding and British Values


At St. Andrew the Apostle School we take safeguarding and child protection issues very seriously.

We believe that all those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Prior to employment all staff (paid or voluntary) are checked against the government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for their suitability to work with children and young people. Safeguarding forms part of our recruitment process and all interview panels include staff qualified in "safer recruitment" and include elements to further test candidates suitability to work with children.

On commencement of employment and then annually, staff are also required to complete safeguarding training. Updates on aspects of safeguarding form part of all staff training throughout each year. This training includes an overview of responsibilities, signs and symptoms as well as advice and guidance about what to do in the event of a concern.

The St. Andrew the Apostle Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedure can be found in the policies area of our website.

The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) for Child Protection is Mr Sweet
The deputy designated safeguarding lead (DDSL) for Child Protection is Mr Martin

Protection and Welfare Services

In Barnet, these services are provided through the Multi-Agency Service Hub (MASH). The school accesses these services for children by referring their needs to the MASH Team. This is also where child protection concerns are referred. It means that additional support for children, whatever their level of need can be coordinated and managed clearly and effectively. To talk something through with a qualified member of St. Andrew the Apostle staff please call the school and ask to speak to Mr. Sweet or Mr. Martin

Should a parent or carer have an immediate concern about the safety or well-being of a child they should call the MASH number 020 8359 4066.

The MASH team are available Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15pm and Friday 9am to 5pm.

Outside these hours you should report any concerns that need an immediate response to the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8359 2000.


Extremism and Radicalisation

Extremism is defined as:

‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’.

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our School, whether from internal sources – students, staff or governors, or external sources - School community, external agencies or individuals.

Our students see our School as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our teachers encourage and facilitate this – we have a duty to ensure this happens. As a School we recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for students and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern as set out in policy. We also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our students. Extremists of all persuasions aim to develop destructive relationships between different communities by promoting division, fear and mistrust of others based on ignorance or prejudice and thereby limiting the life chances of young people. Education is a powerful weapon against this; equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking, to challenge and debate in an informed way.

Students learn about this through a broad and balanced tutorial and PSHE programme. Through this course of study, they understand and become tolerant of difference and diversity. The school also aims to ensure that students thrive, feel valued and not marginalised. They also learn how to keep themselves safe and where to go to get help if they need it (in school and in the community). Staff and students raise any concerns they may have with Mr Ahearn and/or Mr Vassilou, who in turn will seek advice from outside agencies should the need arise.

Parents/Carers can find advice by following the link below.

British Values

St. Andrew the Apostle School takes very seriously our duty to “promote fundamental British values as part of broader requirements relating to the quality of education and to promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils” (Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales 2015)

Positively promoting British Values will enable us reduce as far as possible the risks of violent and non-violent extremism*.

St. Andrew the Apostle School is committed to serving its community in all its rich diversity. Respect is fundamental to our ethos, and all staff understand that discrimination or harassment for any reasons are unacceptable, especially if linked to protected characteristics such as faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability. Similarly, no group or individual should suffer intimidation by those wishing to unduly or illegally influence them.

The school is also committed to equipping students with the tools they need to keep themselves safe outside school and preparing our students for adult life.

The government defined British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and the Prevent Duty Guidance from 2015:
2.The rule of law
3.Individual liberty
4.Mutual respect
5.Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Staff take every opportunity to reinforce these British Values and to model them in what they say and do. We also use current affairs stories and events (such as elections) as vehicles for discussing British Values in action. They are embedded within our subject teaching and our PSHE curriculum.

Here are some examples:
•RP, English, History Curriculum
•Sports Day
•Tutor time
•Restorative Justice
•Mock elections

•History teaches about the history of democracy in Britain but also how people have fought to preserve it.
•Students are given opportunities to participate in student democratic structures such as Student Council.
•Students contribute to the strategic direction of the school through surveys and focus groups.

The Rule of Law
•Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect us, that they come with responsibilities for us and that they involve consequences when rules are broken.
•The importance of rules to the safety and success our community are reinforced on a daily basis: in tutor periods, assemblies, lesson routines etc. We enforce rules fairly and expect students to take responsibility for their mistakes.
•Students are taught about specific laws eg: in Sex & Relationships and Drugs Education, in Religious Studies, in ICT or in the Technologies.
•They learn about the risks of extremism and radicalisation in RP and PSHE.

Individual Liberty
•Students are actively encouraged to make choices and take responsibility for their decisions, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment with clear boundaries.
•Students are given opportunities to discuss and understand their rights and personal freedoms and given advice on how to exercise these safely eg: through e-safety sessions in computing lessons, through PSHE sessions and assemblies.
•We provide a range of opportunities for students to develop themselves eg: through trying new activities, volunteering in school or in the wider community, participating in clubs and trips or taking on leadership roles in school. We are proud how many choose to spend their time constructively.

Mutual Respect
•Equality and respect for others are core to the values and ethos of St. Andrew the Apostle School.
•We reinforce this through our policies and how they are implemented in classrooms and corridors.
•We revisit key messages throughout the year through assemblies and PSHE sessions.

*From Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales 2015:
Extremism is defined as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces”.
Non-violent extremism, “can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit”

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