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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus


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

Mrs Dee McLeary

Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

Ms Melissa Briers

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

Mrs Rebecca Thomas

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

Mrs Olivia Cooper

Pre-School - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

Miss Valerie Cartwright

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

Mrs Emma Tonks

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

Mrs M Rowe

Governor Designated Safeguarding Child Protection Lead

In an emergency call: Staffordshire Children’s Advice and Support Service :Phone: 0300 111 8007 and select option 1

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.


  • 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


 Support for Parents

Support for parents can be found on the NSPCC website

as well as the Parents Protect website.

Other useful links for parents from the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Families can self refer to Family Support through Malachi


Report a Concern - Contact Form

If you have a non-urgent concern about a child you may use this form to provide information to the school Designated Child Protection Lead. All information is handled confidentially.