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There are also links to other useful and informative sources of information and advice regarding some of the key issues facing children and young people.
At the bottom of the page are contact details of the school’s safeguarding team, we encourage pupils, parents or members of the public to report any concerns immediately.
We operate robust safeguarding policies and procedures which includes working closely with parents/carers and a range or organisations and professionals to ensure the young people who attend La Retraite Catholic Girls’ school are kept safe, and supported appropriately during difficult circumstances.
We are fully committed to the safeguarding of students and to providing them with a safe and secure environment. Any action taken by the safeguarding team is done with reference to statutory guidance, professional advice and will always be in the best interests of the child.
Guidance and Advice
Please click here to see our main Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. Use the links below to take you to key safeguarding documents which inform our policy and practice. As a school we are developing key ‘Supporting Students’ policies, these relate to specific issues that we needed particularly protocols and guidance around.
- La Retraite ‘Supporting Students’ Policy: Self harm and Suicidal Ideation (available below)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Lambeth Safeguarding Children’s Board Threshold Chart
- Young Persons’ Guide to Keeping Children Safe
PSHCE and safeguarding
Part of our safeguarding commitment also relates to educating our students about key issues which potentially pose a risk to children and young people. This is primarily done through our Friday morning PSHCE curriculum but also through externally delivered workshops and outside speakers. The main aim of all these sessions is to ensure students are able to take care of themselves, and if confronted with an issue, are aware and confident of who can support them and where to go to access that support.
Below is an outline of the key issues explored by at students.
La Retraite Safeguarding Bulletins and Updates
The staff at La Retraite receive regular training and updates about specific safeguarding issues. Please feel free to take a look at the past and current issue of our staff safeguarding bulletin, these can be found at the bottom of this page.
You can report concerns directly to Social Services or you can contact the following at the school:
The school's Safeguarding Officer is Mrs M Newell. She can be contacted by telephone 020 8673 5644 Ext 187 or via e-mail at:
In her absence please contact the Safeguarding Lead, Ms H Martin, Assistant Headteacher, on 020 8673 5644 Ext 188 or via email at:
If you ever have any concerns regarding the conduct of a member of staff which may impact on the safeguarding of a particular student, please contact Mr D Malins, Headteacher, immediately.
Please refer to the Safeguarding Policy in the Policies section if you require any further information on the protocols involved in safeguarding matters.