St Richard's CE Primary


St Richard's CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Reporting concerns

If you have any worries in relation to the safeguarding and protection of children please ensure you record and report your concerns to one of the  Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

  • Mrs Jodie Stilwell, Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • Mrs Lauren McCarthy,  Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss Laura Deane, SENDCO

Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor:

  • Mrs Anne Messer

Any concerns about the conduct of staff should be reported to the Headteacher. Any concerns about the Headteacher should be reported to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor. 

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

What is safeguarding and child protection?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. 

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children's health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focusses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures, which detail how to respond to concerns about a child. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education

All staff have annual training in safeguarding and child protection. Safeguarding is regularly revisited in staff meetings throughout the school year to ensure that all staff keep up-to-date with current guidance and good practice. 

All staff and governors have read , signed, understood and follow Keeping Children Safe in Education .

DBS checks & Safer Recruitment

All members of staff, including volunteers, have DBS checks before they start working at our school.  Several members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Local Academy Committee are also Safer Recruitment trained to ensure full vetting procedures are carried out when advertising and recruiting for staff. 

Safer Recruitment Policy

Working in partnership

From time to time a situation regarding a child is brought to our attention which we are required to investigate. We have a statutory obligation to do this. In doing so, our overriding concern must be for the safety and welfare of the child. This may involve asking questions which some parents may find intrusive or sharing information with other professionals. We would be grateful for your cooperation and understanding as we seek to safeguard the best interests of the children we share responsibility for.