At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, our priority is the safety, happiness and well-being of our children. We take our role as safeguarding and child protection officers very seriously and we will always deal with safeguarding and child protection cases quickly, following full National and Lancashire County Council procedure and protocol.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We work with many agencies, as appropriate and necessary and we are an Operation Encompass school.
If you have ANY concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, please do not hesitate in contacting School and requesting to speak to our Headteacher or a School Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Mrs Sally Lee
Pastoral Lead and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss R Griffiths
Head Teacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Louise Beaumont
Key Stage Two Lead, Deputy Head teacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Inclusion and Family Support Worker and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Garnock-Jones
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor is Maureen Calnan – Chair of Governors. Any whistle blowing or staff allegations must be referred immediately to Miss Griffiths (Headteacher) and full procedure will be followed. If you have any concerns regarding Miss Griffiths, please contact Maureen Calnan. All policies are kept within school in both the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage Two staff rooms. Furthermore; information and referral forms, LADO advice, 7 minute briefings and information on Prevent, Keeping Safe in Education 2021, Safer Working Guidance 2018 can also be accessed.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy. This policy will give clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about expectations and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our school.
Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and to support and promote the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. This policy should be read in conjunction with the School’s Safeguarding Portfolio.
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. Our aim is to work in partnership with families, whenever possible to prevent concerns escalating to child protection issues. Early intervention is paramount. Please always come and talk to us if you have any concerns.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
We will always work to:
Protect children and young people at our school from maltreatment;
Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;
Ensure that children and young people at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
Undertake that role so as to enable children at our school to have the best outcomes.
Educational Visits and Visitors
Miss Griffiths is our Educational Visits Coordinator. All school trips are thoroughly risk assessed
and uploaded to EVOLVE. The trip must be approved by Miss Griffiths, the Headteacher, and
the Local Authority 4 weeks in advance for residential trips.