Safeguarding at St Bernadette’s

Welcome to our Safeguarding Page

At St. Bernadettes’s Catholic Primary School, our priority is the safety, happiness and well-being of our children. We take our role as safeguarding and child protection officers very seriously and we will always deal with safeguarding and child protection cases quickly, following full Lancashire County Council procedure and protocol.

The Department for Education (DfE) ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (September 2020), states safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

If you have ANY concern about a child’s safety or welfare, please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Donna Shoulder (Headteacher)- our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in school. We work with many agencies, as appropriate and necessary and we are an Operation Encompass school – please see the link below for more information.

Safeguarding Team

Safeguard Lead

Mrs D Shoulder

Safeguard Deputy

Mrs A Bramhall

Safeguard Governor

Dr J Grabowski

Operation Encompass

St Bernadette’s is an Operation Encompass school which means that we are alerted by the police if they have visited a household where a child has witnessed domestic abuse. Information is shared as part of a multi-agency approach for the safety and wellbeing of children involved in or witnessing domestic abuse.

Keeping Safe Online

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at St Bernadette’s. We want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.