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The definition of safeguarding, as per the Working Together to Safeguard Children Legislation, is:

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

Essentially, safeguarding is how you ensure the safety of the children in your care. It is the responsibility of every professional that comes into contact with a child, not simply those who work in education.

Knowing the key legislation and policy ensures that you are able to do all you can to protect the children in your care.

Safeguarding team at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School


Headteacher: Mrs Pignatiello

Deputy Headteachers:

Mrs O’Brien (DSL) Designated Safeguarding Lead,

Mrs Thompson (DDSL) Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Assistant Headteachers:

 Miss Lankester (UKS2),

Mrs Purice (LKS2),

Mrs Montgomerie (KS1),

Mrs Hinds (EYFS).

Inclusion and Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Latham.

Out of School Club Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Conroy.

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We all know how important it is to keep our children safe.  At school, as part of our computing curriculum, our children have regular E-Safety training.

Away from school our children are able to access social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat from a wide variety of devices – iPads, mobile phones and some games consoles. We realise that many children have created a social network profile before the correct age (usually 13); this should be discouraged.  It is important to talk to your child about the sites they are using and find out together how to set privacy tools.  These tools will help to keep their profile private and prevent your child from giving out personal information to strangers. Support your child in ensuring that they only add contacts to these sites that they know and trust offline.  Many sites have a ‘Parent Guide’ to guide you through setting controls.

If you have any concerns or need advice please contact Mrs O'Brien (Designated Safeguarding Lead).

Please use the guides below to find out more information, the internet links will take you to a wealth of up to date advice.

Please see below the up to date information regarding online safety.  This follows our online safety training for staff and parents. There is also a copy of our school online safety rules.



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