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Child Protection and Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is committed to all aspects of safeguarding.  We believe that all children have the right to be protected from abuse and harm.  The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under section 11 of the Children Act and duties under 'working together' to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements exist within our setting to identify and support those children who are suffering harm or are likely to suffer harm.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Our children's welfare is our paramount concern and, as such, we recognise that all staff and governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm.  We ensure that anyone, paid or voluntary, who seeks to work in our school is safe to do so. 

Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.

Our School Safeguarding Team   

If you have any concerns about a child relating to Safeguarding please get in touch with one of our Safeguarding Leads immediately by contacting the school directly on 01844 214278 or by email

  • Our School's Designated Safeguarding Lead is  Mrs Liz Sienkiewicz (Acting Headteacher).
  • Our School's Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Ms Sarah Morrissey ( Assistant Headteacher), Mrs Helen Skertchly (Interim SENCO), Mrs Sue Heath (After School Club Manager), Miss Jadey Cory (Pastoral Care Lead), Mrs Julie Dale (Class Teacher) and Mrs Diana Marban (Breakfast Club Manager & School Business Manager).
  • Our School's Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Sue McGarry.

If you are worried about a child's safety, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) straight away.

If you are unable to speak to a member of our Safeguarding Team at school and have a safeguarding concern, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) directly who will be able to advise you.

If you have a concern about a child, please call MASH on 0345 050 7666. 

Cause for concern and useful information

Our first priority is the welfare of our children. We are required to take any reasonable action to ensure their safety. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents first, unless we have reason to believe that doing this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.  In this case we are obliged to follow our Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures established by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and inform Social Care of the concern.

We work extremely closely with the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board to access training and support. 



NSPCC Learn the underwear rule.

Click here to open information by the NSPCC about how to talk to your child in simple language about keeping safe from abuse.  It's called Talk Pants And You've Got It Covered.

Educate Against Hate

This a tool for parents and schools to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation. You can access the site here

Prevent duty training: Learn how to support people vulnerable to radicalisation

This training service is for people working in sectors covered by the Prevent duty, such as education, health, local authorities, police, prisons, probation and youth justice. 

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Click the logo above to link to the OSCB website.



Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023