What is Safeguarding? 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. 

In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all at St Patrick’s ensure the approach is child-centred. This means that St Patrick’s consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

St Patrick’s recognise that no single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

The purpose of safeguarding children is to:

  • Protect them from abuse, maltreatment and exploitation.
  • Prevent anything from harming their health or development.
  • Ensure they can grow up under safe and effective care.
  • Take action to ensure they have the best outcomes in life.

As part of our Safeguarding offer, St Patrick’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust (OLoL CAMT) have a team of people who lead on safeguarding our students, they are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). 

All staff have undergone basic safeguarding training and the following staff members hold specific roles and responsibilities for child protection in school.

St Patrick’s DSLs are also the people who will support with any concerns raised around children’s health, wellbeing and safety, as described above. If you have a concern regarding the wellbeing, health, development, relationships or safety of a child, please use the contact details below.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) contact details:

Mrs Jane Smedley -Headteacher

Mrs Clare Pyatt – Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Natasha Newton-Hewlett – EYFS

Mrs Natalia Lowe – EYFS/Y1 

Mr Matt Kitchinson – Y4

Tel 01623 478090

Governor Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Kelly McGranaghan

Looked After Child Lead: Mrs Jane Smedley

Managing Allegations: Mrs Jane Smedley

Managing Allegations against the Headteacher: Mr James McGeachie

Anti-bullying Governor:

Anti-bullying Lead: Mrs N Lowe

E-Safety Lead: Mr Matthew Kitchinson

Named First Aiders: Mrs Julie Smith

Paediatric Named First Aiders: Mrs Jane Bointon, Mrs Belinda Smith, Mrs Natasha Newton-Hewlett, Mrs Margi Hurst, Mrs Denise Robinson

Health and Safety Lead: Mrs Jane Smedley

Health and Safety Representatives: Mr Mark Holmes and Mrs Julie Smith

Safeguarding hotline number for OLoL: 01158550557
This will be diverted to our safeguarding team between 9am-3pm weekdays, and will send a voicemail to the safeguarding team outside of these times.

Robert della-Spina (Trust Safeguarding Lead) Tel: 07356 120899