This policy has been developed within the spirit and context of our Mission Statement:

St Joseph’s is proud to be a Catholic school. Our aim is to teach the children all they need to ‘live life to the full’. Each day we strive to create a loving school where children can learn in an environment where they feel welcome, content and secure. Through this Catholic ethos where patience, respect, friendship, hope and happiness are celebrated, we aim to give everyone the opportunity to develop and grow their own unique gifts and talents. In partnership with parents, children, staff and the wider parish family we want each child to ‘be the best that they can be’.

At St Joseph’s RC Primary School, we recognise our responsibility, to have arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding them and promoting their welfare. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

No single professional 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. In line with this understanding, any adult working or volunteering in the school community has a responsibility to recognise when a child or young person may be in need or be vulnerable in some way, and to respond to this recognition in a timely and appropriate way.

The school aims to ensure that:

  • Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare
  • All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
  • Staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues

Any concerns about the children are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Safeguarding Lead” in the school in compliance with the guidance.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Elizabeth Eccles (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Emma Bird (Assistant Headteacher)

Kerry Nathaniel (Assistant Headteacher)

Cheryl Maynard (Business Manager)

Safeguarding and LAC Governor

Chris Hill

Father Rob Morland

Designated Teacher for LAC

Kerry Nathaniel (Assistant Headteacher)

Please click here to view our full Safeguarding Policy.

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