Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

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 at St. Bernadette’s ensure the approach is child-centred. This means that our staff consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

St. Bernadette’s recognises that no single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information, and taking prompt action.

 The purpose of safeguarding children is to:

  • Protect them from abuse, maltreatment, and exploitation.
  • Prevent anything from harming their health or development.
  • Ensure they can grow up under safe and effective care.
  • Take action to ensure they have the best outcomes in life.

As part of our Safeguarding offer, St. Bernadette’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust (OLoL CMAT) have a team of people who lead on safeguarding our students – they are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). 

St. Bernadette’s DSLs are also the people who will support with any concerns raised around children’s health, wellbeing, and safety, as described above. If you have a concern regarding the wellbeing, health, development, relationships, or safety of a child, please use the contact details below.

Mr. M. Strong (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Miss L. Smith (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mr. A. Strong (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs. B. James (Early Help Leader and Mental Health Team)

Mrs. J. Moran (Designated Safeguarding Governor)

To report a safeguarding concern:
Tel: 01724 842382 or Email: admin@stbernadettesacademy.com

For any wellbeing or mental health-related enquiries:
Tel: 01724 842382 or Email: pastoralsupport@stbernadettesacademy.com

Safeguarding hotline number for OLoL:
Tel: 01158550557
This will be diverted to our safeguarding team between 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. weekdays, and will send a voicemail to the safeguarding team outside of these times.

Robert Della-Spina (Trust Safeguarding Lead)
Tel: 07356 120899
Email: robert.della-spina@ololcatholicmat.co.uk 

We feel that it is important to support our parents to know how they can protect their children, where to find help and raise concerns if necessary.

As well as skills which are taught within the specific curriculum of Religious Education, PSHE & RSE, please find below contact details for a variety of organisations who support parents and young people if they have any safeguarding, mental health or welfare needs.

  • Parent line 07520 619919: Healthy Family Teams confidential texting service to provide parents and carers advice around feeding, child development, parenting advice and support, emotional health and wellbeing, behaviour difficulties and family health.
  • Health4kids – www.healthforkids.co.uk; this is an NHS site supporting young children and parents.

All the above websites are for students and their families should they need them.

CAMHS crisis team: (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team) part of the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

This service is for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. This includes young people who:

  • are at risk of immediate and significant self-harm
  • are an immediate and significant risk to others due to their mental health
  • are being considered for admission to a mental health inpatient unit
  • are in acute psychological or emotional distress that is causing them to not be able to go about their daily activities, such as going to school and looking after themselves 

Tel: 01522 309120

We feel that it is important to support our pupils to know how they can be safe and protected, and to empower them to recognise situations which are unsuitable for them. As well as skills which are taught within the specific curriculum of Religious Education, PSHE & RSE, please find below contact details for a variety of organisations who support young people and their families if they have any safeguarding, mental health or welfare needs.

  • NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk
    Help for adults concerned about a child.Call NSPCC 0808 800 5000
  • Childline www.childline.org.uk
    Help for children and young people.
    Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, trained counsellors are on hand to support you.
    Call Childline on 0800 1111
  • Kooth – www.kooth.com
    Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
  • Health4kids – www.healthforkids.co.uk
    This is an NHS site supporting young children and parents.
  • Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk
    This organisation support young people to have the best Mental Health
  • Jigsaw – https://www.changegrowlive.org/jigsaw-young-person-family-service-nottingham/info:
    S
    upport people up to the age of 18 with their drug and alcohol use. The service is free and confidential.

If you have any concerns regarding Safeguarding any child, you can also contact the following Local Authority Multi Agency teams:

Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire

North East Lincolnshire