Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and visitors to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We have measures in place to protect all pupils in school including:
- Making our children and adults feel safe in school by ensuring we have clear procedures / policies in place if anyone is concerned or worried. We ask Manchester Safeguarding Children Board for advice if we need it.
- Encouraging all children and adults to be themselves and celebrating our differences.
- Making sure we know why children are not in school, and supporting families to help their child attend regularly.
- Being open and honest with children and parents / carers when something is wrong and working together with them to make things better.
- All visitors to school must report to the school office, sign in and display their visitor badge.
- Children’s entrances are kept locked during the school day
- Risk assessments take place for activities that take place both in and out of the school.
- Regular Health & Safety checks and Fire Risk assessments carried out
- All staff receive safeguarding training which is renewed at regular intervals.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Here at Sacred Heart, we have a team of 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs):
Mrs Bramhall Mrs Fitzsimons
(Lead DSL - Headteacher) (Deputy DSL)
If there is a concern about the welfare of a child, parents/carers and school staff must report this to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
This may result in a referral to Children and Family Services. If a child makes a disclosure about physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect, our duty of care will always be to the child.
REMEMBER - A delay in reporting your concerns could cause further harm to a child. Not all abuse has physical signs.
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
Please click the link to view our Child Protection / Safeguarding policy. These safeguarding policies should be read alongside the Department for Education guidance “Keeping Children Safe In Education” (2022), a copy of which can be found at the following link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1101454/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2022.pdf.
Please click on the link below for Sacred Heart's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
If somebody is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are concerned that a child is being abused or neglected, Manchester Children's Services on (0161) 2345001.
If you have a non-urgent concern about your child, or another child in school, you can contact either Mrs Fitzsimons or Mrs Bramhall to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns further by calling (0161) 9983419 or e-mailing on: email@example.com
The NSPCC helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support. We’re here if you’re concerned about a child, if you’re a parent or carer looking for advice, or if you’re a professional in need of information and guidance.
Whatever your worry – call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, email us, or submit our online form – we can help. We also have advice about spotting the signs of abuse. You can call Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends, or email us at any time. It’s free and you don’t have to say who you are.
NSPCC Sexual Harassment or Abuse Helpline
The DfE have commissioned the NSPCC to operate a helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. More information can be found here.
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Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (Children & Young People) https://www.manchestersafeguardingpartnership.co.uk/children-young-people/
NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) - https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/
CEOP Think U Know (Protecting Your Children From Abuse Online) - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
End The Fear (Support and Advice about Domestic or Sexual Violence) - https://www.endthefear.co.uk/
True Vision (Online Hate Crime Reporting) - https://www.report-it.org.uk/
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Manchester Children's Services (Social Services)– 0161 234 5001
Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Hotline - End the Fear Greater Manchester 0161 6367525
Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline - Independent Choices 0800 2540909
24/7 National Domestic Abuse Hotline - 0808 2000247
Wythenshawe SafeSpots (supporting female victimes of domestic abuse and violence) - 07873889637
Respect Men's Advice Line - 0808 8010327
Manchester Mind Mental Health – 0161 7695732
Manchester City Council Emergency Housing - 0161 234 5001
Manchester Cost of Living Advice Line - 0800 023 2692
Wythenshawe Food Banks (Trussell Trust) - 01722 580180 (please contact a DSL if you are in need of foodbank vouchers)
The Message - Sharston Community Grocery - 0161 9469494
Mustard Tree (support for those who are in need of food parcels and other items) - 0161 228 7331
Wood Street Mission (helping families living in poverty with everyday items) - 0161 834 3140
Support for Victims of Female Genital Mutilation (provide a trans-cultural therapeutic service to women who have undergone FGM) - 0800 0283550
Karma Nirvana (support to victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse)- 0800 5999 247
See our Online Safety page for further contacts / advice