St Patrick's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff have undergone basic safeguarding training and the following staff members hold specific roles and responsibilities for child protection in school.
Designated Person for Child Protection: Mrs Jane Smedley
Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection: Mrs Elspeth Wilkins-Campbell, Mrs Michelle Frost, Mrs Alexa Wightman, Mr Alex Downing
Governor Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Maria Keay
Looked After Child Lead: Mrs Alexa Wightman
Managing Allegations: Mrs Jane Smedley
Managing Allegations against the Headteacher: Mrs Maria Keay
Anti-bullying Governor: Mrs Michele Lewis
Anti-bullying Lead: Mrs Elspeth Wilkins-Campbell
Named First Aiders: Mrs Michele Lewis, Mrs Rachel Brewer
Paediatric Named First Aiders: Mrs Rachel Brewer, Mrs Jane Bointon
Health and Safety Lead: Mrs Jane Smedley
Health and Safety Representatives: Mrs Barbara Lynes, Mr Mark Holmes, Mrs Julie Smith, Mrs Michele Lewis
Safeguarding your child in sports
It’s important that you check that any sports club or activity that your child attends has your child’s safety as its priority. Even if the club seems professional, there are four key questions that you should ask to make sure that they have all the necessary safeguarding measures in place:
1. Can I see your safeguarding policy?
A good organisation or club should have up-to-date safeguarding procedures in place and be happy to show you copies.
2. Who is your Welfare Officer?
The club should have a designated Welfare Officer who is responsible for dealing with any safeguarding concerns that may arise.
3. Do you follow safer recruitment procedures?
Every organisation providing sporting activities to young people must ensure they have the correct recruitment processes in place which includes interviews, references and have undertaken the appropriate police checks for their volunteers and staff.
4. How do you promote the welfare of children and young people?
The club should be able to demonstrate how they actively promote safeguarding. This includes listening and responding to the views of children and young people.
Don’t be afraid to question. A good and professional organisation will already have procedures in place and will welcome the chance to demonstrate that they are providing a safe environment for your child. Any further questions speak to Mrs Wilkins-Campbell (Designated Safeguarding person within school)