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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 and Health and Safety.

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

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.

'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 - Statutory guidance for schools and colleges' can be viewed here.

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

You can also contact Richmond Single Point of Access (SPA) team if you are concerned about a child.

Richmond SPA (Single Point of Access)

  • Call 0208 547 5008 during office hours.

  • Call the out of hours Duty Team (evenings and weekends) on 0208 770 5000.

  • Report your concerns online with Single Point of Access.

  • In an emergency, if you think a child is in immediate danger, you should call 999.

The Designated School Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Mr Paul Webb.  The role of the Designated 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.  The Vice Designated School Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Dr Oona Stannard

The School Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Designated School Governor can be contacted via school, by email: admin@st-elizabeths.richmond.sch.uk or by telephone via the school office on 0208 940 3015.  

Sources of Information

Childline offers free, private and confidential advice and support for children and young people.  The Childline helpline number is 0800 1111.

NSPCC is the UK's leading children’s charity.  NSPCC's trained helpline counsellors are available 24 hours a day by email or online.  The NSPCC helpline number is 0808 800 5000.  The helpline is open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm, and 9am – 6pm at the weekend. 

CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) - On the CAMHS website, you will find a collection of websites and resources that provide information and support to young people and families.

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

Safeguarding and Child Protection Key Personnel
Samantha Thomas    School Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jane Hines Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Paul Webb Designated School Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Dr Oona Stannard Vice Designated School Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection