St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

We Value All in the Name of Jesus the Christ

What is safeguarding?

The phrases ‘child protection' and ‘safeguarding' are often used interchangeably,  but the word have distinct meanings. The key statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education' explains what safeguarding is:

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Put simply safeguarding is:

  • Child protection
  • Supporting vulnerable children
  • Safe care, at home, in school and in the community
  • Taking action

 Effective safeguarding arrangements should aim to meet the following two key principles:

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each individual and organisation should play their full part.
  • A child centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.

The introduction to “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (2018) defines  safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

St Joseph's takes safeguarding very seriously.  The safeguarding team not only aim to consider all of the above as thoroughly and diligently as possible, but also to plan for, and implement strategies to safeguard all those individuals who form part of the school community.

As a pupil, parent/guardian or member of staff, you will find all of the following websites and documents of benefit – please click and explore:

How are St Joseph's staff trained?

By law, all staff working in a school must have safeguarding training. ‘It supports adults who are responsible for children to identify the signs of abuse and neglect and ensure the necessary steps are taken to keep children safe,’ says Sarah.

This includes training on specific areas, such as identifying children who may be at risk of radicalisation (also known as Prevent training), female genital mutilation, and sexual exploitation.

Training can be either face-to-face or online. Schools must also appoint a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): a senior staff member who has overall responsibility for child protection issues. The DSL must have refresher training every two years.

Who is trained at St Joseph's?

As safeguarding children is of paramount importance we take our training very seriously.  The following staff have received the following levels of training.  All staff have been trained in KCSIE 2020.

Staff Member Training level

Mrs E McCullagh

Mrs K Melling

Mrs J Bradley

Mrs C McHugh

Mrs R Wilding

Mr A Drury

Miss A Keys

Designated safeguarding lead training

Miss C Fuller

Miss J Thorpe

Miss S Hickling

Mrs N Brooks

Mrs K Tuff

Level 3 safeguarding training 

Mrs K Taylor

Miss C Allen

Mrs S Burrows

Mrs L Harrowing

Mr E Allott

Miss L Cross

Miss R Rawlings

Mrs Y Graham

Mrs T Watson

Mrs J Playford

Mrs M Elverstone

Mrs M Brawn

Mrs B Todd

Mrs L Ward

Miss C Rafferty

Mrs J Kierzowska

Miss H Brown

Mrs L Halloran

Mr J Woodward (student)

Level 1 safeguarding
Diary dates