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.

NPCAT – Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

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.

NSPCC – Reporting Abuse in Education Helpline.

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to launch a new helpline called Report Abuse in Education. The helpline comes after numerous anonymised testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges were shared to the Everyone’s Invited website.  

The newly launched helpline will provide support to:
  • children and young people who want to share current and non-recent experiences of sexual abuse and harassment
  • children and young people who want to talk about being involved in or witnessing any incidents
  • anyone who works or volunteers in a school setting and needs support and guidance
  • adults who have experienced non-recent abuse
  • parents and carers who are concerned about their own child or other children.

Young people and adults can contact Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email [email protected]

Safeguarding Team

Our Safeguarding Team comprises:

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mr Philip Stephenson

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead- Mrs Janet Goodison

Designated Safeguarding Governor – Mr Martin Campbell

Nominated Safeguarding Person – Miss Kate Jackson

Nominated Safeguarding Person – Miss Sam Mavin – Emotional Health Practitioner

Nominated Safeguarding Person -Mrs Marie Doyle

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.

All staff were given training on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 on 1st September 2021 by the NPCAT Trust.

All staff were given updated  training on what to do if they are worried about a child at Sacred Heart, how to manage a disclosure from a student and what the local safeguarding arrangements are for Redcar and Middlesbrough social care. This took place on 2nd September 2021.

Mr Martin Campbell our 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.

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:

Redcar  Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642130700 for a child living at a Redcar Postcode.

Middlesbrough Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642 726004 for a child living at a Middlesbrough postcode.

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

For further information on Safeguarding, please visit the South Tees Safeguarding Partnership Click Here

 

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 if we think your child is at risk of harm).

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 2021, regarding a safeguarding concern about a child, please Click Here.