St Joseph's Catholic School and Nursery are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm - safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment - and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If you are ever concerned about the safety of well-being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead's (DSL's)
Our Safeguarding Statement
Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.
Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request. 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 his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child's welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSL's as soon possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSL's in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Executive Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's) are:
Executive Headteacher: Mrs Helen Taylor
Head of School: Mrs Rhonda Williams
Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Louise Orledge
Governors: Mrs Claire Poole
All are contactable via the school office.