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At St Bede's we have a commitment to safeguarding all our children.


There is a strong focus on:

  • Ensuring all pupils feel safe
  • Ensuring the systems and services are effective in making sure children feel safe
  • Ensuring pupils are safe and taking reasonable steps to ensure they are safe



The aim of ‘Prevent’ is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists and to do this by challenging ideologies, protecting vulnerable individuals and supporting institutions, such as schools. It is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST.


At St Bede’s Catholic Primary School we believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore the issue of diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society. Providing a safe learning environment in which children can raise controversial questions and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule and explore boundaries of what’s acceptable will engender an open attitude to multi-cultural and race issues.


We do this through our PSHE and RE curriculum and through linking with families, cultures and schools who may be of a different culture or faith background to most children in our school.

We also do this through debate and healthy discussion within a safe learning environment where opinions are valued and challenged in a respectful and informed way.


Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Samantha Clayton is the school's Designated Senior Leader (DSL) for safeguarding. All safeguarding concerns are referred to her and to the Deputy DSL in her absence. 
Mrs Charlotte Holliday is the Deputy DSL
Miss Lauren Hill is the School Mental Health Lead
Ms Josie O'Brien is the Governor with responsibility for safeguarding
Mrs Louise Swarbrick is the school Data Protection Officer and can be contacted in the school Office.


The school has a Whistle Blowing Policy which states if you have a safeguarding concern about a DSL the Local Authority or NSPCC should contacted. 


We take part in Operation Encompass which ensures that school are notified by Police the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.


Early Help Assessment
The Early Help Assessment is a tool we use to support our work with families. It is designed to help us work with them to identify their needs and plan appropriate responses.