Leadership Safeguarding Statement
The Executive Headteacher, Mrs Cathy Blatchford and Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School governors recognise the importance of its ministry work with children and young people in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.
This school is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring their well-being.
We are committed to:
We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.
If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please do speak to one of the following:
Mrs Rachel O'Sullivan - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Kim Wathen - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Cathy Blatchford - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Executive Headteacher
Mrs Sally Emmerton - Deputy Safeguarding lead
Mrs Larraine Coulter– Governor responsible for Safeguarding
Please note that allegations against adults, or complaints should always be raised with the Head Teacher (Miss Lowry) in the first instance. Should anyone need to contact our Chair of Governors in order to raise an allegation, or make a complaint they should write to Mrs Larraine Coulter, c/o Our Lady & St Patrick's Catholic Primary School.
At this school we use CPOMs as our system for recording information that we consider to be safeguarding information. As a parent you are entitled to see this information and may request to do so.
Further information about the programme can be found here -
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.