What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play.
In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all at St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy ensure the approach is child-centred. This means that St Peter and St Paul consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy recognise that no single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
The purpose of safeguarding children is to:
- Protect them from abuse, maltreatment and exploitation.
- Prevent anything from harming their health or development.
- Ensure they can grow up under safe and effective care.
- Take action to ensure they have the best outcomes in life.
As part of our Safeguarding offer, St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust (OLoL CAMT) have a team of people who lead on safeguarding our students, they are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy DSLs are also the people who will support with any concerns raised around children’s health, wellbeing and safety, as described above. If you have a concern regarding the wellbeing, health, development, relationships or safety of a child, please use the contact details below.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) contact details:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs H Evans (Assistant Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr S Maye (Deputy Headteacher)
Senior Safeguarding Officer: Miss A Wilson
Safeguarding Governor Lead: Mrs C Latimer
Tel: 01522 871400
Email: [email protected]
Safeguarding hotline number for OLoL:
This will be diverted to our safeguarding team between 9am-3pm weekdays, and will send a voicemail to the safeguarding team outside of these times.
Robert Della-Spina (Trust Safeguarding Lead)
Tel: 07356 120899
Email: [email protected]
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our Academy please talk to one of the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
Alternatively, if you believe that a child or adult may be a victim of neglect, abuse or cruelty call:
- Children’s Safeguarding – 01522 782111 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
- Adults’ Safeguarding – 01522 782155 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
- or 01522 782333 (outside office hours)
You do not need to know everything about the situation. You may just be worried or feel that something is not right.
If you believe that a crime has been committed and there is an immediate risk of danger, call the police on 999 or 112. If there is no immediate danger, call the police on 101.
People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can use the police typetalk service on:
- 01522 558263
- 01522 558140
- 07761 911287
If you have a concern about domestic abuse, call EDAN Lincs on 01522 510041.