At St Bernard’s we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students.

The Safeguarding Policy is available on our school website and is available on request from the school office. We also inform parents and carers about this policy when their children join our school and through our school newsletter. The policy is provided to all staff (including temporary staff and volunteers) at induction alongside our Staff Code of Conduct. In addition, all members of staff are provided with Part One of the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, DfE (2016). This policy will be reviewed in full by the Governing Body on an annual basis.

Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Leads:
Siobhan Kent, Principal
Isabelle Shadwick, Vice Principal for Inclusion

Deputy Safeguarding Lead:
Jane Hawke, Assistant SENDCo

Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor:
Monsignor John Ryan

A safeguarding concern is any issue which places a child at risk, including risk to self. Particular urgency applies if the student is a CLA, a poor school attender, a CIN or a child subject to a CP Plan.
CLA - Child Looked After
CIN - Child in Need

The purpose of St Bernard’s Catholic High School’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm and that we maintain a culture of vigilance in safeguarding our students. This means we will always work to:

  • Protect children and young people at our school from maltreatment;
  • Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;
  • Ensure that children and young people at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Ensure that children are protected from developing extremist views under or prevent strategy
  • Undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our school to have the best outcomes.

Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

Our policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents, governors, volunteers and visitors.