'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.'

As a school we take our role and responsibilities for caring for the welfare of all our children seriously. It is both our duty and responsiblity to protect our pupils from harm. Safeguarding children from harm is also the responsiblity of EVERYBODY.

Our lead Safeguarding team are Kathryn Oates (Headteacher), Amanda Chesworth (Deputy Headteacher) and Siobhan Williams (Learning Mentor). We are available during school/ Out of School Club hours should you have any concerns relating to a pupil.

If it is outside of school hours then please contact the following :


If you think a child is in immediate danger

  • Don't delay – call the police on 999 or call us on 0808 800 5000, straight away.
  • Report abuse Contact our helpline if you’re worried about a child and speak to one of our counsellors
  • Don't wait until you're certain if you are worried about a child. If you have any concerns, contact our free helpline service to speak to an NSPCC counsellor 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • We will listen to your concerns, offer advice and support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger.
  • You don’t have to tell us who you are if you don’t want to, or you can ask us not to share your name or contact with the police or social services.



ChildLine provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to. A child contacts ChildLine every 20 seconds – and some of these children are going through the toughest times of their lives. They find the courage to talk to us about things like family problems, bullying and depression. Problems that children often feel they can't talk to anyone else about.

0800 1111


Teaching children about what is and isn't appropriate touch is extremely important. We use the NSPCC PANTs campaign to ensure that all of our children are kept safe.

Further parent information can be found at :

See also:


What is PREVENT?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism.

Prevent responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;

Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and

Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

If you have any concerns regarding extremism or terrorism then please contact Kathryn Oates (Single Point of contact)



Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved. 

Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Home : Operation Encompass


Contact Us

St Werburgh & St Columba Primary School

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 478968

Email: - for new enquiries

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