Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Key Information  »  Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead (HT) - Joe Masley 
Designated Safeguarding Lead Practitioner - Elaine Hughes
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -  Kate Bates 
Designated Safeguarding Lead Practitioner - Laura Shepherd 
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Partner School - Sue O'Brien (HT at St Augustuine's Catholic Primary School)
Headteacher - Joe Masley 

COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School


My name is Elaine Hughes and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead Practitioner

One of the main parts of my role in school is to offer support and guidance to children, young people, and their families. Any young person experiencing difficulties, struggling with their work or with social, emotional or behavioural problems will be able to have support from me.

Families, are also able to access support for all sort of reasons, from support to help with parenting, adult mental health and wellbeing, financial and housing concerns.

As Safeguarding Lead, I am committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard children in school and provide a safe environment in which they can learn. We have policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment.

Occasionally we share information with other agencies if we have a concern about your child’s safety. We would usually tell you about this beforehand to explain the reasons why. Equally, other agencies may share information with us if they have a concern about a child’s safety at home.

We follow safer recruitment policy and guidelines in line with Department for Education guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education. This is to ensure all recruitment for employees, volunteers and placements, is both safe and fair. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is an integral factor in recruitment and selection and is an essential first step in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and creating safe environments for children.

Prevent duty
Our safeguarding responsibilities include protecting children from radicalisation and extremism. This is known as the Prevent duty. More information is available here.

Social media
At school we are sometimes asked by parents/carers to investigate inappropriate behaviour on social media and problems associated with social media usage. Our PSHE and RE curriculum covers the responsible use and dangers of social media and, of course, the importance of treating all members of our school and local community with respect. Most social media applications/sites require young people to be 13 before they use them. If your child is using social media, please ensure they are using social media responsibly and safely.

Parentinfo is a website recommended by the Department for Education that provides high quality information to help families navigate the internet safely and confidently. We encourage all our parents/carers to explore this site.

The following websites also have useful advice for parents/carers, including what to do if you feel your child is not safe as a result of their social media usage, how to protect them and how to report abuse.

Domestic violence
Sadly, we know that some of our families have experienced domestic violence and abuse. The following organisation provides support to women and men in Leeds whose lives have been affected in this way.
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