Safeguarding Policy

Updated: 28/09/2023 750 KB

At St Chad’s Catholic Primary School, our first and foremost priority is keeping our children safe. In this section, you’ll find a list of school policies, actions and useful signposts that helps us as a school and you as parents, to keep our little ones safe.

As ever, if you do have a problem or need any further information, then please do get in touch and we’ll be delighted to help.

We will ensure that:

  • The welfare of the child remains paramount.
  • All children and adults whatever their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion, belief, sex or sexual orientation have the right to be protected from harm.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated leads for Safeguarding: Miss Ellison and Miss Walton

Areas of Safeguarding

Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:

  • Staff & Visitors- ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained.
  • Children’s Behaviour- promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles.
  • Parents & Carers- promoting links & supporting families.
  • Intimate Care – guidelines for if we need to clean or administer medication
  • E-safety – how we protect and how you can protect your children online
  • Premises -keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose.
  • Curriculum -providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.
  • Outside School- ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.

Members of Staff Responsible

We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Leads for Safeguarding are Miss Ellison and Miss Walton

Safer Recruitment

We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.

Staff Training

  • All school staff are trained regularly in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow.
  • Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children.
  • All Staff & Volunteers are given a copy of ‘Behaviour Guidelines for Staff & Volunteers’ and are directed to the document ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION’.

Prevent Training

All staff have an up-to-date understanding of current Prevent Issues staff and are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Miss Ellison is the school Single Point of Contact and both Miss Ellison and Miss Walton receive regular training on the Prevent Agenda.

Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy

All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.

Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour;
  • deterioration in their general well-being;
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
  • signs of neglect;
  • comments children make which give cause for concern.
  • All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Our Policy can be found here:

Information Sharing

We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:

  • emergency contact numbers;
  • the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
  • the child’s special health requirements;
  • information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.

Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.


We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

Links with External Agencies

Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.

We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.

Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a statutory body which is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the principal agencies and organisations working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the County.

Our Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Sharon Lewis.

Details of Durham DSCP can be found here and provide an excellent resource for both parents and professionals.

A Children’s Services Referral form can be found here.

Reporting Concerns or Complaints

Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.

Concerns should be raised in the following order:

  • To the Class Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
  • To the Head Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
  • To the Chairman of Governors. Then, if there is no resolution;
  • To the Local Authority.

Contact details are available from the school office.

Review of Policy and Practice

In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge.

If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.

Information for Parents

Here, we’ll make sure we signpost you to any websites, or news items that may help you in supporting your child’s safety awareness.

Please keep revisiting this section as we’ll add to it regularly.

Children Who Go Missing from Home

Parents may be aware that the LA and the Police have been in discussion for some time regarding an initiative to help locate children of primary school age who are reported by their parents/carers as missing from home.

Please find details in the letter below;

Updated: 23/03/2023 81 KB

Interested in Knowing More…?

If you’re interested in training regarding Safeguarding Issues, we’ve included a couple of websites below that offer this.

Alternatively, you may wish to be involved in the next round of Staff and Governor Safeguarding training held at our school. If you’d like to, then do please let us know.

High Speed Training

Durham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board