St Richard's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of 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 Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our Key Information: Policies page.
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 and are also part of West Sussex Operation Encompass which ensures that information about domestic violence is shared with schools.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Peter Edgington and Mrs Laura Coulter. The Governors with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Tim Boon.
The West Sussex Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 01403 229900 or out of hours on 0330 222 6664, email MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk
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. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
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.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, 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.
GDPR General Data Protection Regulation
UK General Data Protection Regulation
On 31st December 2020 the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was replaced by the UK GDPR which sits alongside an amended version of the Data Protection Act (DPA 2018). The Policy Documents below outline how we Collect, Manage, Share & Protect your Data and explain the Lawful Bases that permit us to do this.
The Policies also outline the procedures for making a Subject Access Request (SAR) (the process you can use to find out what data we hold on you or your Child) complaints procedures and also what information we make available under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act and how you can access this information. They additionally explain the differences between FoI and UK GDPR.
Please see the our policies regarding Data Protection and Freedom of Information on our Policies page here