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Safeguarding - Child Protection

Every School / Academy is required to follow a set procedure in cases of suspected child abuse.  Head teachers and school safeguarding officers including services that work within our schools, such as the school nurse, are required to refer their concerns to the Child and Young Persons Services for further investigation.  This helps us to ensure children at risk can be identified and supported quickly.  This is intended to protect children from abuse and provide care where necessary.  When a school refers a concern about a pupil to the Family Service or Social Services Department it is not accusing the parents/carers of abuse, but requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether or not a child is at risk.


Child protection at St. Josephs –  Ellen Archer & Richard Hilton (School Safeguarding Officers)

                                                      Kevin Murphy (School Safeguarding Governor)

Young People self harm guidance

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The Prevent Plan 


The Counter Terrorism and Security Act became law on 16 February 2015. The Act places a statutory duty on authorities to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This is known as the Prevent Duty. It came into force on the 1 July 2015. 

Prevent aims to protect those who are vulnerable to exploitation, extremism or radicalisation from those who seek to recruit them to support their cause.

Extremism is defined by the UK government as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. 

The Prevent Duty applies to all maintained schools and independent schools Including, Free Schools and Academies and registered early year’s childcare providers