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.
Designated Person for Child Protection: Mrs Jane Smedley
Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection: Mrs Clare Pyatt and Mrs Alexa Wightman
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 Maria Keay
Anti-bullying Lead: Mrs C Lund
E-Safety Lead: Mr Matthew Kitchinson
Named First Aiders: Mrs Michele Lewis, Mrs Julie Smith
Paediatric Named First Aiders: Mrs Jane Bointon, Mrs L Gripton, Mrs Julie Smith, Mrs J Hoskins, Mrs Tracy Mason, Mrs Belinda Smith
Health and Safety Lead: Mrs Jane Smedley
Health and Safety Representatives: Mr Mark Holmes, Mrs Julie Smith, Mr Matthew Kitchinson
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 Alexa Wilson (SENCO)
01623 478090 or email email@example.com