Safeguarding Introduction

Our school aims to secure for each child the best spiritual and educational provision; we recognise that the safety, welfare and care of the children are paramount.

We are committed to maintaining at all times the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.

We recognise our responsibility to safeguard all who come to our School and to promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as necessary as safeguarding against any other vulnerability. We aim to build up our children’s resilience against radicalisation through our strong Catholic ethos and an education based on Gospel values, by encouraging critical thinking and discussion, and by our enthusiasm for knowledge.

Also see: Oratory Child Protection and Safeguarding Summary (pdf)

Are you worried about a child? Click the link above to visit the Birmingham Children's Trust website where you can report any concerns.

The Prevent Duty

Since 1 July 2015, all schools have been subject to a legal duty to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This duty is contained in Section 26 of the Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015, and is known as the 'Prevent Duty'.

'Terrorism' is defined in the Terrorism Act 2000 as the 'use or threat of action' which involves serious violence to people, or serious damage to property, or which endangers the life or seriously risks the health and safety of people, or is designed seriously to interfere with or disrupt an electronic system. In order to qualify as terrorism, such action or threat of action must be intended to influence government or intimidate the public, and must be done for the purposes of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

According to statutory Prevent Duty Guidance, 'having due regard' means placing an appropriate amount of weight on the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism, considering all the other factors relevant to how we in our school carry out our usual functions.

According to statutory Prevent Duty Guidance, 'being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.' Schools 'are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology.'

The same statutory Prevent Duty Guidance states that 'Extremism' is defined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy 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 deaths of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.'