Keeping children safe and happy is at the heart of everything we do at St. George’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School. We recognize that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment, which promotes the social, physical and moral development of every child and therefore we take safeguarding extremely seriously whilst retaining a balanced and human approach.

We have excellent recruitment procedures – every member of staff has full checks and up to date references, as do regular volunteers, supply teachers and governors – and all staff receive appropriate training at regular intervals.

We have policies and practices that focus on ensuring the health and well-being of the children, for example: risk assessments before every class trip, a regularly updated health and safety policy and staff presence at the school entrance at the start and end of every day.

We have well-established ways of monitoring and responding to incidents of concern, for example: unexplained absences, difficult behaviour and significant changes in physical or emotional appearance.

The ethos of the school is open so that staff, parents and children always feel able to share concerns.

If you have any child protection or safeguarding concerns about a child in this school:

Please refer to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school  –  Mr Lloyd Welsh (Deputy Head)

If he is unavailable please refer to the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Ms Janice Babb (Consultant Headteacher)

Allegations against a member of staff

Refer to the Head Teacher (Ms Babb) or the Chair of the Governing Body (Ms Jane Goring)

Please see office staff for other members of the Governing Body if necessary

Allegations against the Head Teacher

Phone the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)

The Chair of the Governing Body (Ms Jane Goring)

How can families help with keeping children safe?

  • Make sure all addresses and contact numbers are up to date;
  • If someone different is picking your child up, please let us know;
  • Be at school on time every day at 9am and 3.30pm;
  • Notify the school about your child’s absence – unexplained absences are a key trigger for concern;
  • Take full note of the advice to parents if you are accompanying a class trip.

If you would like to see a full copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy you can download it or ask for a copy in the school office. We are happy to talk further with parents.