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Safeguarding Children

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and requires all staff, parents, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. This section of our website aims to give you a guide to safeguarding policies and procedures in our school.

If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Nicky O’Donoghue – Assistant Headteacher

We also have a Safeguarding Team of trained staff who can support or help in the absence of Mrs O’Donoghue:

Mr Neil McDermott - Headteacher
Mr Tyler Gardner - Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Ann Thomas - Late Owls Club and Teaching Assistant
Mrs Annette Hodson - Inclusion Leader

Our Governor for Safeguarding is: Mr Mark Painter

We fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the health and well-being of all the children in our care.

We therefore strive to:
• Ensure we practice safer recruitment in compliance with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LCSB) Standards for Safer Recruitment
• Raise awareness of safeguarding issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe
• Implement the Poole LA procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
• Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
• Ensure that all staff receive appropriate safeguarding training in compliance with the LCSB recommendations, which includes e-safety and the government’s PREVENT strategy
• Ensure that school practices and procedures are in line with ‘Keep Children Safe in Education’ (KCSiE, 2016); which is available here

School has the following Safeguarding Polices:
+ Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
+ Staff Code of Conduct
+ Whistleblowing Policy
+ Managing Safeguarding Allegations
+ Online Safety Policy

Useful Links to local advice and guidance

+ Child Protection and your School

+ Selecting a ‘safe’ Sports Club for your child

+ PACE Safety

+ Parents Online safety Newsletter

+ Poole Family Information Service Staying Safe

+ Borough of Poole Anti-Bullying Strategy

+ Barnados - Be Aware


+ PREVENT Duty information