Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding Children is Everybody’s Responsibility…

At St Matthew’s, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We endeavour to promote a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

We are an Operation Encompass School. https://www.operationencompass.org/

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Our Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection is our Headteacher, Mrs E Alderson, who can be contacted in confidence by calling 0191 489 8355 or email TMAoffice@stmatthewsjarrow.co.uk

Our Deputy Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection is our Deputy Headteacher and Year 4 teacher, Mrs M Torley. She can be contacted in confidence by calling 0191 489 8355 or email TMAoffice@stmatthewsjarrow.co.uk

Miss M Wiblin, our Year 6 teacher and Senior Leadership Team member, is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead. She can be contacted in confidence by calling 0191 489 8355 or email TMAoffice@stmatthewsjarrow.co.uk

Miss H Shawcross, our Reception teacher, SENDCo and Senior Leadership Team member, is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead. She can be contacted in confidence by calling 0191 489 8355 or email TMAoffice@stmatthewsjarrow.co.uk

Safeguarding Governors

Our Governors for Safeguarding and Child Protection are Mrs Helen Hall and Mr Wilf Flynn, who can be contacted in confidence by calling school on 0191 4898355 or by emailing any concerns to TMAoffice@stmatthewsjarrow.co.uk

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Helen Hall.

Click below to view the updated Policy for 2023/24

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023

Please also see our child friendly safeguarding policy below, which you can share with your child:

Child Friendly Safeguarding Policy

Are you worried about a child?

If you are suspicious or have any concerns that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, call Children and Families Social Care on:

0191 424 5010 (Monday to Thursday – 8.30am to 5pm, Friday – 8.30am to 4.30pm)

0191 456 2093 (Outside of the above time)

For more information and advice free phone the NSPCC 0808 800 5000.

If a crime is taking place now:

  • Dial 101 to inform the police (or 999 if it is a serious crime / emergency)
  • Call 999 if you believe any other emergency service is needed

See https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35807/Worried-about-a-child- for more information

Parent Resources

Please click on the link below to access some useful resources to help keep your child safe:

https://ssslearning.co.uk/parentsandguardians

Prevent Duty Statement

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force.  This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.  St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils.  As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.  All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.  As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.