Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN

01543 263505

office@st-josephs-lichfield.staffs.sch.uk

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Safeguarding

If you have a child protection or safeguarding concern, please contact:

Mrs Dee McLeary

Designated Safeguarding Lead Professional

Mrs M Briers

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Professional

Miss H Grundy

Pre-school Designated Safeguarding Lead Professional

Mrs J Burke

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Professional

Mrs M Rowe

Safeguarding Governor

In an emergency call: First Response Service and LADO Duty Desk: 0800 1313 126

Or use the contact form below to report a concern online.

Child Protection

What to do if you have concerns about a child

  • Report your concern to a named Designated Senior Person as listed above to explain your concern.
  • Be clear and specific, include all information and include the date and time the concern was raised.
  • Not all cases will be acted upon, but all concerns will be kept in a central file.
  • In some instances it may be a case of building up a picture of events before action is taken, in others immediate action maybe required.
  • All staff, volunteers or parents can report issues to the DSP.
  • If an allegation is made against a member of staff this must be reported to the Head Teacher.
  • If the allegation is against the Head Teacher, this must be reported to the Chair of Governors.

Disclosure

  • Be prepared, a child may disclose to any person in the school,
  • Do not promise to keep secrets.
  • Listen but don’t try to investigate.
  • Don’t ask leading questions.
  • Explain intended action – be honest.
  • Report to Designated Senior Person.

If you are unsure about how concerned you should be about a child possible indicators of abuse maybe helpful.  The following may occur to any child who is being abused, but are particularly significant in cases where outward physical signs may not be present. 

  • Acting out, aggressive behaviour
  • Cutting (self-mutilation) and other forms of self-harm
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Hysterical fits or fainting
  • Inexplicable school failure
  • Onset of bedwetting or daytime wetting
  • Poor trust and secretiveness
  • Recurrent abdominal pains
  • Restlessness and aimlessness
  • Running Away
  • Sleeping and eating disturbances, including eating disorders
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unexplained bullying or aggressiveness towards other children
  • Unexplained changes in attitude or behaviour

 

Staffordshire Education Safeguarding Advice Service - non-urgent advice

01785 895836 (Monday - Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)

 

Report a concern here

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