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Catholic Primary School

I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full - John 10:10

Safeguarding: How we keep your child safe.

If you are worried about any child or adult please contact one of the following staff members at Mount Carmel. We are all here to help.

 

A paper copy of all Policies and any other information on this website is provided free of charge. Please ask at the school's office.

In the Academic Year 2023/24 the staff will have training on

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023
  • Whole school Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and processes.
  • Recognising the signs of abuse - esp domestic abuse
  • Child-on-Child abuse - how to recognise it in Mount Carmel
  • Online safety
  • Sexual harassment and violence 
  • Local areas of concern - FGM and County Lines
  • Unconscious Bias
  • The Prevent Strategy

The Prevent Strategy

What is the Prevent strategy?

  • Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
  • The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

  • From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
  • This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from any other harm.
  • Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues, at an appropriate level so they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice at Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School?

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:

  • Having a strong Aims and Ethos which pervades our school.
  • Focusing on core values.
  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments.
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity.
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.
  • We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

  • The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. This is what we will focus on at Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School.
  • The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

  • Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
  • We will endeavour to give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

 

Further information

Contact the school - If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent Strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

See our policies - You will find more details about radicalisation in our safeguarding policy. We also have information about spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British values.