Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility
Everyone at the Federation of St Bede’s and St Bernadette Catholic Schools is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at both schools.
We follow the procedures set out by the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP), which is made up of the Metropolitan Police Borough Command for Brixton and Southwark, Lambeth’s Clinical Commissioning Group and the London Borough of Lambeth. We also take account of the statutory guidance - Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2020.
The Federation Safeguarding Team
The safeguarding team is in charge of keeping children safe at home and at school. They are called Designated Safeguarding Leads or DSL’s.
DSL at St Bede’s: Mr Craig Hutton – Federation Assistant Headteacher
DSL at St Bernadette: Ms Caroline McCahill – Federation Deputy Headteacher
Federation Deputy DSLs: Mrs Ewa Ostrynska – Federation Headteacher
Miss Jaidz Majasi– Federation SENDCO
Safeguarding Governors: Mrs Marcia Marshall and Mrs Meabh Quiorin – Co-Chairs of Governors
St Bede’s Safeguarding Team: 0208 674 7292 or email DSL@st-bedes.lambeth.sch.uk
St Bernadette Safeguarding Team: 020 8673 2061 or email DSL@stbernadette.co.uk
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
• protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
• preventing harm to children's health or development
• ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
• taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
• Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Cause for Concern
Our first priority is, of course, your child’s welfare and the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case, school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Partnership
Report a concern about a child
If you think a child is at risk of being abused or neglected or if someone is neglecting or abusing you, please contact Mr Hutton on 0208 674 7292 or Ms McCahill on 020 8673 2061 (within school hours only).
Lambeth Children’s Social Care: 020 7926 5555 (24 hours)
Email: email@example.com or Report your Concern Online
If a child is at immediate risk of significant harm, please dial 999.
Report a concern about an adult
Lambeth Adult’s Social Care: 0207 926 5555
Report your Concern Online
Concerns relating to Domestic Abuse or any form of gender-based violence:
Call Gaia on: 020 7733 8724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
24-hour National domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247 or Online support (access live chat Mon-Fri 3-10pm)
If an adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, please dial 999.
Contact Numbers for neighbouring London Boroughs:
Croydon: 0208 726 6400 Out of hours 0208 726 6400
Bromley: 0208 461 7373 or 0208 461 7379 Out of hours 0300 303 8671
Lewisham: 0208 314 6660 Out of hours 0208 314 6000
Merton: 0208 545 4226/7 or 0208 545 4227 Out of hours 0208 770 5000
Wandsworth: 0208 871 6622 Out of hours 0208 871 6000
For concerns about a child at risk of extremism or radicalisation contact:
Lydia Nixon 0207 926 3668 email@example.com or Counter.firstname.lastname@example.org
In an emergency call the Police on 999