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At Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. All staff, governors and volunteers have a clear understanding that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard the children at our school.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained to at least Level 1 in Child Protection, and children are aware that they can talk to any member of the school staff if they need to. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm, abuse or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Staff are also aware of current local and national agendas such as Female Genital Mutilation, Sexual Exploitation and Radicalisation. All staff have undergone PREVENT training.

All adults are also expected to read the DfE booklet: Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children.

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

Further information about safeguarding children can be found on the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Board website:

The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Lead for Children Looked After is Mrs Andrea Worthington (Inclusion Manager)

The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jacqueline Hampson (Headteacher)

In their absence, queries or concerns can be passed to any member of the school safeguarding team;

  • Mrs Hilary Long (Assistant Headteacher);
  • Mrs Fran Walker (KS2 Team leader);
  • Mrs Jill Johnston (Early Years Team Leader)

The Child Protection Policy is available here.

If you require any further information please contact Mrs Worthington, Mrs Hampson (headteacher) or Mrs Long (Assistant Headteacher).



Safeguarding Documents