Keeping Children Safe



St Catherine's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and requires all staff, parents, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. This section of our website aims to give you a guide to safeguarding policies and procedures in our school.


If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:  Mrs Sharon Betts Headteacher

We also have Deputy Safeguarding Lead personnel who can support or help in the absence of Mrs Betts:

Mrs Sarah Williams            Early Years Leader


Our Governor for Safeguarding is: Mrs Ann Harris


We fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the health and well-being of all the children in our care.  

We therefore strive to:

  • Ensure we practice safer recruitment in compliance with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board  (LCSB) Standards for Safer Recruitment
  • Raise awareness of safeguarding issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe
  • Implement the Dorset LA procedures for identifying and  reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
  • Ensure that all staff receive appropriate safeguarding training in compliance with the LCSB recommendations, which includes e-safety and the government’s PREVENT strategy
  • Ensure that school practices and procedures are in line with ‘Keep Children Safe in Education’ (KCSiE, 2020).

Our school has the following policies to safeguard the children in our school:

Behaviour Policy

Anti-Bullying Strategy

Child Protection Policy

Online Safety Policy



  • Mrs Sharon Betts

    Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Mrs Williams

    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Children and young people have a fundamental right to be protected from harm. Families have a right to expect schools to provide a safe and secure environment.
All schools have a legal duty to work with other agencies, for example Social Care and the Police, to safeguard children’s welfare.
School must follow
  • the law and guidance from the Department for Education
  • the Pan-Dorset Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures
  • their own safeguarding policies
If the school is worried about whether a pupil is suffering harm, they must refer this on to a social worker. The school will normally let the pupil’s parent(s) or carer(s) know when they refer but they should not contact parents if they think, or are not sure, that this could put a child or any other person at increased risk of harm. They will usually take advice from social workers about when to speak to parents. 
More details are available in the leaflet below or on the LSCB website
Domestic Abuse


The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a freephone number available on 0808 2000247 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  This portal provides advice for victims and professionals

Women’s Aid –  email and online chat room 10-12pm Monday to Friday

24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

Respect helpline 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else)

Crime can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its website –

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