Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Gill Dowson, Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Angela Birrell, Deputy Headteacher
MAT Director with Safeguarding responsibility: Yvonne Coates
If you would like to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team please contact the school office on 01642 360401 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm, you must call the Police urgently on 999.
You can ring the Hartlepool Safeguarding Hub on 01429 284284, or the Stockton Safeguarding Hub on 01642 130080, to seek advice or speak to a Social Worker to report a concern.
Every human being has a value and dignity which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding is our priority at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School. Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. All school staff have Level 1 training annually, along with termly refresher training. In addition, we have a team of staff who are trained to both Level 2 and Level 3 in Safeguarding.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by Working Together to Safeguard Children, July 2018 as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health and or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
For the purposes of this guidance children includes everyone under the age of 18.
The Trust fully recognises the responsibilities and the duty placed upon it to have arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students at the School. St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, has adopted this safeguarding policy but their practice will built around the procedures and protocols within Stockton on Tees Local Authority.
St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Norton and Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust are committed to providing the highest standard of education for all students based on equality of access and opportunity. The Trust and this Academy subscribes to the 5 outcomes of Every Child Matters and, therefore the aim for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to receive the support they require in order to:
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well-being