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Safeguarding and Child Protection

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, 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 guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges September 2019.

The Federation Safeguarding Team

St Bede’s – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mr Craig Hutton – Federation Assistant Headteacher
St Bernadette – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Ms Caroline McCahill – Federation Deputy Headteacher

Federation Deputy DSL’s: Mrs Ewa Ostrynska – Federation Headteacher 

Mrs Sarah Wood – Federation SENDCO

Safeguarding Governors: Mrs Marcia Marshall and Mrs Meabh Quiorin – Co-Chairs of Governors

Contact Details:

St Bede’s Safeguarding Team 0208 674 7292 or email office@st-bedes.lambeth.sch.uk

St Bernadette Safeguarding Team – 020 8673 2061 or email office@stbernadette.co.uk

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 Partnership

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 or Ms McCahill on 020 8673 2061 (within school hours) or Lambeth Children’s Social Care on 020 7926 5555 (24 hours).

You can also report your concern via the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Partnership Report your Concerns Page

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         0207926 3668     lnixon @lambeth.gov.uk or Counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk

In an emergency call the Police on 999