Safeguarding and Child Protection
Everyone at St Bede’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School 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 school.
We follow the procedures set out by the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges September 2018).
School Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mr Craig Hutton (Assistant Headteacher – 0208 674 7292)
Deputy DSL: Mrs Ewa Ostrynska (Headteacher – 0208 674 7292)
Safeguarding Governors: Mrs Marcia Marshall and Mrs Meabh Quiorin (Co-Chairs of Governors – 0208 674 7292)
Cause for Concern
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and 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’s Board
Report a concern
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 (within school hours) or Lambeth Children’s Social Care on 020 7926 5555 (24 hours).
In an emergency call the Police on 999
If you would prefer to contact someone other than school or Lambeth Council, there are charities that can offer advice and support:
For adults concerned about a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
For children and young people, contact Childline on 0800 1111 (free and confidential service).