Safeguarding at Sacred Heart is everyone’s responsibility.
We always act in the best interests of the child.
We always maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ when safeguarding is concerned.

At Sacred Heart we take the safety of our students very seriously. In order for our students to achieve their very best, they need to feel safe and secure in school, at social times and at home.

Safeguarding Team

Our Safeguarding Team comprises:

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Michelle Hill, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Personal Development

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead- Mr Phil Robinson, Student Support Team

Designated Safeguarding Governor – Mr Martin Campbell

Nominated Safeguarding Person – Mr Mark Keegans – Student Support Team and SAL for Year 7

Nominated Safeguarding Person – Miss Kate Jackson – Student Support Team

Nominated Safeguarding Person – Miss Sam Mavin – Emotional Health Practitioner

Nominated Safeguarding Person – Mr Sean Conway, Deputy Headteacher

Nominated Safeguarding Person -Mrs Marie Doyle, SAL for Year 10 and Teacher of RE.

Safeguarding Training

Our Safeguarding Team receive training from the South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership and are all Level 3 Safeguarding Trained. The Designated Lead and Deputy Designated Lead update their training termly through Safeguarding First.

Mr Martin Campbell or Designated Safeguarding Governor attends half termly meetings with the Safeguarding Team and the Designated Lead informs all Governors of Safeguarding information at their termly meetings.

All our School staff are trained in the procedures for Safeguarding and they also receive updates throughout the year, as and when appropriate.

A copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available to read on the School website under ‘Policies, Reports and Forms’ in the ’About us’ section.

What to do if you have any concerns about the safety and welfare of a student at Sacred Heart.

There are Safeguarding posters with staff photographs positioned around the School so the students and visitors know who to speak to if they have any concerns.

If you have any concerns about the safety and welfare of a student at Sacred Heart, please contact the School on 01642487100 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

Should you need to contact Children’s Social Care, please ring South Tees Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642130700.

The out of hour’s number for Children’s Social Care is: 01642524552

For further information on Safeguarding, please visit the South Tees Multi Agency Children’s Hub. Click Here.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is currently under its annual review – September 2019. During this time our Child protection policy will be followed in conjunction with statutory guidance in all our safeguarding arrangements.

What happens if Social Care need to be contacted regarding a concern about my child or a child in my care?

Where possible (unless putting a child at further risk of harm), Sacred Heart will contact you to inform you of our concerns and ask for your consent to make the referral. (We will still make the referral if consent isn’t given).

Sacred Heart will complete a Safer Referral Form outlining our concerns and indicated whether consent has been given and if not, why consent hasn’t been given.

Social Care must make a decision regarding the safeguarding concerns and the next steps that are required, within 24 hours of receiving the referral.

To see the procedures outlined in Keeping Children Safe In Education 2018, regarding a safeguarding concern about a child, please Click Here.