Safeguarding in School

Summary of Child Protection Information for Visitors and Volunteers

St Joseph’s School is committed to the highest standards in protection and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.  Our school will support all children by: 

  • Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school.
  • Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness.
  • Effectively tackling bullying and harassment.

We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  Staff working with children are well placed to identify such abuse.

At St Joseph’s in order to protect our children, we aim to:

  • Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued    and listened to.
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse.
  • Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.

Everyone working with our children their parents and carers should be aware that: 

  • Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse.
  • They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised.
  • They should involve the Designated Senior Person (DSP) immediately.
  • Disclosures of abuse or harm from children may be made at any time.

The school’s named Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Safeguarding is Mrs K Hinton

If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact the following staff member as quickly as possible:

Designated Safeguard Leaders

Mrs K Hinton - Head Teacher

Mrs L Waller - Assistant Head Teacher