'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.'

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019


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 Safeguarding Team are Kathryn Oates (Headteacher), Amanda Chesworth (Deputy Headteacher), Kerry Prendergast, Claire Graham and Lyndsey Mursell. We are available during school 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.

See the NSPCC's PANTS campaign

ChildLine's here for children


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 :


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Contact the School

St Werburgh's and St Columba's Primary

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 981228

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