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Safeguarding Statement



If a child is at imminent risk of significant harm/immediate danger you should consider calling 999 in the first instance (for Police or Ambulance) and contacting Children’s Social Care by telephoning Sandwell’s Contact Centre on 0121 569 3100.


At St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, we take the safety and wellbeing of the children in our school very seriously and we expect all staff, volunteers, governors and parents to do the same.


We have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which is available on this page of our website (click on the link above).  A paper copy is available by request.


Other policies which affect the wellbeing of children are:

  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Computer and Internet Use (E-safety)
  • Child Welfare Policy (which contains guidance on administration of medicines, off-site visits and procedures for missing or non-collected children)


We follow the Safer Recruitment Policy and the Department of Education guidance:

‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (see document below).


We also follow Data Protection and Confidentiality policies.


We have a Health & Safety Policy for the practical protection of children and staff and regular site tours to inspect the site are conducted by the Site Manager , Governors and Leadership teams.


All staff receive extensive Child Protection (CP) training and Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance appropriate to their position in school.


People to Contact


If you have any concerns relating to the safety of children in school, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or one of the Deputy DSLs in his absence).


Designated Safeguarding Lead Person:                

Mr. Gary Linford  (Head Teacher) 


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Persons:             

Mrs. Vanessa Phillips  (Deputy Head Teacher)

Ms. Maura Logan (Inclusion Manager) 


Lead Governor for Safeguarding & Child Protection:      

Mr. Paul Piddock  (Chair of Governors) 


For more detailed information about safeguarding and protecting children, please read the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy or visit the Sandwell Safeguarding Children's Board by clicking on the following link:


Governors can be contacted via the school office  on 0121 505 3595 or Clerk to the Governing Body by Email:

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