Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone.  At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School we place utmost importance on our duty to keep children safe.

  • We work hard to establish and maintain a school environment where children feel safe and secure and where they know that they will be listened to in an open and positive atmosphere.
  • We ensure that children know that they can approach any member of staff if they are worried or in difficulty.
  • We actively seek the views of children -listening to them and involving them in decisions about our school and their education.
  • we work in partnership with our families to ensure that we are open and transparent regarding any concerns we may have.
  • We will make any referrals necessary to ensure the well being of all children is safeguarded.
  • We are an ‘Operation Encompass’ school, ensuring that our children are fully supported if they encounter any domestic violence.

Staff in school are in an excellent position to keep a watchful eye on children and their safety and well-being, and to protect them from harm. We are fully committed to safeguarding our pupils, and as such, regular training and updates are provided for all staff. If staff have concerns they understand that they have a duty to share these concerns in the appropriate way with our safeguarding team.

If any member of our school community has a concern regarding the safety of our children, we would ask them to approach a member of our safeguarding team.

Safeguarding Policies

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Since 1st July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies.

It is intended to help schools and childcare providers think about what they can do to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and suggests how they can access support to do this. It reflects actions that many schools and childcare providers will already be taking to protect children from this risk.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is fully compliant with the June 2015 DFE Prevent Strategy for Schools. To read the guidance, please see the PDF document 'Prevent Duty Advice'

Please read the following leaflet from Cleveland Police who are a key partner in ensuring young people are knowledgeable of online issues.

Child safety leaflet

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Further information about staying safe online can be found on the following websites:


When a child is admitted to school, parents are required to provide at least two telephone numbers so adults can be contacted in case of emergency. If a child is involved in a serious accident and needs immediate hospital treatment, he/she will be taken to hospital immediately and the parent informed as soon as possible. In the case of less serious accidents, or illness, parents will be informed so they can decide what, if any, treatment the child requires. If any of your contact details change, please let the office staff or Headteacher know in case we need to contact you.


The designated person for Child Protection is the Headteacher, Mrs Howell. In the absence of the Headteacher, Mrs Palmer the Deputy Headteacher or Mrs Walker the Assistant Headteacher can help you with any concerns. The Child Protection Policy is available in the School Office.

Medicines - If a child needs to take any medication at school, parents or guardians must complete the appropriate form. School can only issue medication that is prescribed by a doctor four times a day.

Medical inspections – Children are weighed, measured and given relevant health checks during their first year at school. All parents are notified of any visits in school and are invited to attend.

School Nurse – The school nurse attends regularly to carry out routine checks and to discuss health problems. They can be contacted at University Hospital Hartlepool. Tel: - 01429 522718