Safeguarding... Everybody... Everyday

St. John's RC Primary School is committed to the safety and the well-being of its pupils and staff.

The school recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.


We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff receive very regular training and updates. The children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. We refer to them as 'trusted adults'. 


Staff are well trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL). 




The safeguarding leadership team is made up of 7 members of staff;



  • Take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection (including online safety and understanding the filtering and monitoring systems you have in place)
  • Support staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties
  • Liaise closely with children’s social care and other services 
  • Trained to DSL standard



  • The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) will assist the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in all matters of safeguarding and child protection across the school. They will advise and support other members of staff on child welfare and child protection matters, and may liaise with relevant agencies such as the local authority and police. DDSL's will deputise for the DSL in their absence.
  • Trained to DSL standard



4 members of staff, including a lead staff member in aftercare have had enhanced training in safeguarding practices (Level 3)

At St. John's RC Primary School we believe it is important to make children and young people aware that unacceptable behaviour towards them will not be tolerated. Our PSHE curriculum supports children to be able to recognise when their safety becomes compromised and to know what they can do about it. We have regular assemblies that remind children of what they can do if they are worried, upset or need some support.


In school, we are proactive at raising pupil awareness of how they can stay safe through organised events such as Anti Bullying week, On-line safety training and regular assemblies including ones provided by the NSPCC

We are a Rights Respecting School and have a steering group to ensure that pupil voice is sought, heard, and acted upon. 


This policy is updated and ratified by our governing body annually.

Where can I get help?

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of Operation Encompass which is a national scheme that operates jointly between schools and police forces. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced domestic abuse. This allows us to then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support the child/ren in our care. 


The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 identifies children who experience domestic abuse as victims of domestic abuse in their own right.


 We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.