At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare and well – being of all of our pupils and adults. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children, either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils and families.
Everyone working in our school has a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe by:
providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.
Parents/Carers should be aware that the school regards the safeguarding of its pupils as of paramount importance and will take any reasonable steps to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a pupil is subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the staff have no alternative but to follow Sunderland safeguarding Board procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.
The best advice that we can give any child, or adult, if they feel that they or someone else is unsafe is to:
Who to talk with in school
If you have any concerns about a child’s safety in school then please speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Mrs M Graham (Executive Headteacher), Mrs A Toward (Acting Head of School), the Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Mrs L Forbister, Key Stage 1 Lead, Miss L Forbister, Key Stage 2 Lead or Mrs L Teasdale, EYFS Lead.
Our nominated governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Bettinardi.
You can view our Safeguarding Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day. Sunderland City Council, Northumbria Police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school. Find out further information about Operation Encompass on our website.