Safeguarding and Child Protection

At St Elizabeth’s, the safety and well-being of children is our first priority.  All our staff are committed to the safeguarding of children and we work in partnership with families and external agencies to ensure that children are kept safe.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding means ensuring the safety and welfare of all children and, in addition to child protection, covers aspects of school life such as attendance, behaviour, first aid, Health and Safety etc.

Child Protection means protecting children from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

Click here to read Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

St Elizabeth’s school policy for Safeguarding and Child Protection can be viewed below.  Paper copies, if you prefer, can be obtained from our school office on request.

If you have any concerns about a child at our school who you feel needs additional help and support, please come to see Miss Samantha Thomas, who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead or Mrs Jane Hines, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

You can also contact Richmond’s Single Point of Access (SPA) team on 020 8547 5008 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, or 020 8770 5000 out of hours.

The Nominated School Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Mr Paul Webb. The role of the Nominated School Governor is to meet regularly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead to monitor that appropriate policies and procedures are in place and that they are being implemented correctly.

Click here to read St Elizabeth’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

The School Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Nominated School Governor can be contacted via school, by telephone: 0208 940 3015 or by email:

Sources of Information

Click here for Childline.  The Childline Helpline number is 0800 1111.

Click here for Refuge, the national helpline for victims of domestic abuse.  The National Domestic Abuse Helpline number is 0808 2000 247.


Miss Samantha Thomas School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Samantha Thomas
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Jane Hines School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Headteacher)

Mr Paul Webb
Nominated School Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection