St. Chad's Catholic Primary School, Catholic Lane, Sedgley, Dudley

Keeping Children Safe

At St. Chad’s Catholic Primary we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr Hinton, Executive Headteacher. He is supported by Mrs Clews, Vice Principal, who is Deputy Designated Safeguarding. All staff and members of the governing body have receive regular safeguarding training.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at St Chad’s please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

To ensure the safety of all children, the school and its staff have an obligation to pass on any concerns related to child protection issues to the appropriate agencies.

Disclosure of Criminal Background of those with access to children

All new employees to posts which involve access to children are informed that, if they are offered the post, a check on their criminal background will be made.

The procedure applies to all maintained schools, and to all posts as teachers, ancillary staff, caretaking staff. The procedure also applies to external providers who are not employed directly in school, but who have access to children.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is also obtained for all voluntary helpers and members of the governing body.

Children’s Health and Safety Rules

For our children’s safety, no child is allowed out of school during the school day unless they are collected by a parent, authorised guardian or by a representative who has been authorised and specific instructions have been received by the school. If, at the end of the school day, no-one has arrived to collect a child, the child will remain with the class teacher or with the school secretary until an authorised person does arrive. For more information see our Late Collection Policy on our Policies and Documents page.

Under NO circumstances will we allow a child to be taken home by another parent without your express permission. Children may only walk home, unaccompanied when they are in Year 6 and only when a written request has been received from their parent/guardian.

Online Safety

See our dedicated Online Safety page for help, advice and links relating to keeping children safe online.