June 3, 2020



“To Keep children safe in education you have to allow yourself to think the unthinkable.”

St. Joseph’s is working with NSPCC on the Underwear Rule – a simple child friendly way of staying safe!

For more information click on the links below:

Underwear Rule Parents’ Guide

Underwear Rule Children’s Guide

If you would like some advice on how to keep you child safe on line please see:

NSPCC Online Safety or

NSPCC Share Aware

Thinking of leaving your child at home?

Law on leaving your child home alone (Gov.uk)

Are you worried about Sexting? Follow the link below:

Sexting information sheet


NSPCC: E-mail or  telephone: 0808 80050000

CHILDLINE: Telephone: 08001111

PACE: (Parents against child exploitation) Tel: 0113 240 3040

ONE IN FOUR: (Advocacy service, counselling service and information service for those who have experiences sexual abuse.)


Roles & Responsibilities

Designated Safeguarding Leads –

Deirdre McNeill, Bill James, Mary Geen, Joan van Zyl

Role of the designated safeguarding Lead

Responsible Person for First Aid – Emma Lally

Paediatric First Aid – Rachel Nash, Sarah Slade and Sam Williams

Fire Officer – Neil Biggs

Risk Assessor – Neil Biggs

Designated teacher for looked after children – Deirdre McNeill

Common Assessment Framework Completer – Bill James

 Safer Recruitment, Qualified Staff:

Bill James

Deirdre McNeill

Campbell McCafferty CBE

Judy Westwood

Health & Safety Governor/Director

Col Dave Kenny OBE

School Committee:

Anita Morten

Safeguarding and Child Protection:

At St Joseph’s we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All members of staff, including teaching and support staff receive annual safeguarding training. This covers all areas in the DFE document, Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2019 (updated September 2019) – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation. Deirdre McNeill is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and attends regular training to keep  up to date with all issues relating to child protection and safeguarding. The School has tight procedures that record issues that relate to child protection. We work with an array of agencies including Children’s Services, the School Nurse and the Police. Additional updates and training are given to staff as needed throughout the year. Bill James acts as the DSL in Deirdre McNeill’s absence. The named Safeguarding Governor/ Director is Jane Whittle.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2019

Training for Pupils:

The school has an annual training programme for pupils in order to help them stay safe and what to do if they don’t feel safe. This programme happens every term and covers the following areas: school rules, internet security and safety outside school. Aspects of safeguarding are also covered in our RE and PSHE  (Personal, Social and Health Education) sessions. Please see our curriculum map.

 Pupils’ Charter:

The pupils have devised their own charter to deal with time in school when they are unhappy. This includes fall outs with friends, unfair behaviour towards them and problems with their work. The charter reflects the school’s anti bullying policy, equality policy and behavioural management policy.

Vetting Procedures:

All members on the school staff have to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service ) in order to work in school. This is regardless of the employee’s role so that cleaners, admin staff as well as teachers must all be checked. In addition all volunteers  and anybody else who has regular contact with children are checked. Visitors to the school either provide their own DBS on arrival or are members of professional bodies who are registered by their employer, such as OFSTED inspectors or Local Authority Employees who have a DBS through their own professional body. Any one off visitor, such as a visiting author either provides their own DBS or signs one of the school’s Occasional Visitors’ forms. Parents who help out occasionally on school trips or provide lifts for sporting events sign a Occasional Visitors’ form.

Risk Assessments:

All areas of the school undergo biannual risk assessments by the school’s qualified risk assessor. This means that whist we cannot remove risk we have looked at ways of minimising that risk. These risk assessments are undertaken on areas such as classrooms, halls, playground and the car park. We carry out risk assessments for all school trips including our annual Year 3 and Year 4 residential trips and Year 6 trip to France.

In addition risk assessments are undertaken on special events that might occur in the school such as the Year 5 sleepover. During previous inclement weather, we undertook a risk assessment before we re opened the school. Playground equipment is annually inspected by Wicksteed and our PE equipment is annually inspected by Universal Services.


Access to the campus, both for vehicles and pedestrians is via security gates. Staff have access to both gates by key fob. Visitors can only gain access by gate release authorised by Office staff. Access to the external doors where we have classrooms are by key fob. All fire exits are either twist lock or bar push exits.

Internet Security:

The school has an Internet Security Policy to help children stay safe online. This is supported by a training programme for children, information sessions for parents and regular updates via our communications. The school system is “fire wall” protected so that inappropriate material can not be accessed by pupils or staff.

Fire Protection:

Neil Biggs is the School’s Fire Officer and he carries our regular checks such as on emergency lighting. Each term we have a fire drill and the results are recorded in the School’s Fire Manual. All teaching staff are trained in the use of fire extinguishers.

First Aid:

Emma Lally is our responsible person for first aid and takes charge in emergency situations. (Bill James in her absence) We have 5 qualified paediatric first aiders on the school site and a list of qualified first aiders is displayed at all first aid stations. There are first aid stations in all school buildings and school halls. In addition all staff have annual epipen training. All staff are First Aid trained and qualifications are renewed every three years.

Health & Safety:

Dave Kenny OBE is the Director/Governor  representative are  for health & safety in the school. He  carries out termly health & safety inspections on all areas of the school. Ray West is our outside consultant.


The school has an Equality policy that monitors any possible discrimination in the school in relation to any of the nine protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010). The Governing Body is reported to annually on the effectiveness of the policy. The School also makes annual returns on any racist incidents.

Pupils’ Survey:

The school conducts a regular pupils’ survey with questions that directly relate to how safe pupils feel. In Jan 2017 98% of pupils said they felt safe at school.


The School has an annual cycle of review and we are always looking for ways of improving our safeguarding procedures. If you have any comments or suggestions please jot them down and hand them to the office or ask to speak to Bill James or Deirdre McNeill.

Updated September 2019