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 Sarah Sparks  Headteacher


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

Mrs Melanie Dare              Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Catherine Parslow       Kindergarten Leader

Our Governor for Safeguarding is: Mr John Sinclair


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, 2016).


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

  • Behaviour Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • E-Safety Policy


Dear Parents,

I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe. programme to St Catherine’s School on the 5th February 2018 This is a programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6.


What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?

Through the delivery of child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, in an age appropriate and child-centred way.

We have reviewed the content of their established program which is delivered to 8,000 primary schools across the UK each year and we are confident that the messages are informative and appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we believe children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe should they ever have any worries or concerns.

If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. programme, you can read all about it on the NSPCC website or please contact us at the school and we can arrange for you to hear more about it.

Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children

The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe  with your children–The NSPCC have a number of child-friendly age appropriate materials to help you carry on these conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse –in an age appropriate way.

The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at

As a charity, the NSPCC can only provide these important resources thanks to the financial support and generosity of their supporters. Which is why I am delighted to say that our school has chosen to support the valuable work of the NSPCC by taking part in a fundraising event, and I would really value your support and encouragement. We will share more information about the fundraising event and how you can support the NSPCC’s work following their visit to our school.

Yours sincerely


Sarah Sparks

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