Safeguarding at St Paul's

Safeguarding at St Paul's is given top priority. All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding Children. 

There are three adults in school who have completed safeguarding and child protection training for designated leads. Mrs McClean, our Learning Mentor provides strong pastoral support to the DSLs.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • Mr Lee Swift, Headteacher
  • Mrs Charlotte Somerville, Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs Sarah Wood, SENCo
  • Mrs Olwen McClean, Learning Mentor

The above people complete training every two years.

Staff & Governors

All staff have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training. Those staff who were not able to attend this training or have joined the school since this date have completed similar training programmes. Staff receive regular safeguarding updates throughout the year via briefings and meetings.

The named Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Pauline Hilling-Smith

All staff recruitment panels include at least one person who has completed appropriate 'Safer Recruitment in Education' training.

All staff in school are required to wear a St Paul's blue lanyard. Visitors must sign in at the school office, where they will be expected to wear one of two coloured lanyards - blue if we have evidence they have been DBS checked (these visitors are able to move around the school unsupervised) or red if we have not seen a DBS (these visitors must be supervised at all times).

All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and DBS details are kept in a Single Central Record in school.

Operation Encompass

Mr Swift, Mrs Wood, Mrs Somerville and Mrs McClean are trained in Operation Encompass. This project aims to support children who are living in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. This training allows school to use confidential information shared with us to support children and families. 

Please see the bottom of this page to read the letter send to parents or to view the poster.

Young People's Safeguarding Charter

Below is a link to the Young People of Wakefield's Safeguarding Charter. Children and Young People in Wakefield want to feel safe, and as a result they have created their Safeguarding Charter which explains what young people expect of the adults in their community to enable them to feel safe and ensure they feel well cared for.

Click here to view the charter

Other Information

The Safeguarding Policy (and related policies) form a central part of the Staff Induction process, and all of these policies are reviewed annually.

We believe that it is important to make children and young people aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our curriculum supports children in recognising when their personal safety is being compromised.

We are committed to multi-agency working, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the pupils at St Paul's.


Our Safeguarding Policies can be found in 'School Policies' under 'Key Information'.


Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB)

Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools

Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse

ChildLine - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK

Gaming, Apps and Streaming Information - Useful tips and advice for parents