Safeguarding is of the utmost importance at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.  We take our statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people extremely seriously.  All staff work together to safeguard every child in our school community. 

Mrs Brown is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Mrs Brown is responsible for keeping children at St Mary’s  safe. Pupils, parents, staff and even members of the public can talk to her if they are worried that a child in our school is not safe. 

She can be contacted via the school office on 01246 232170 or the safeguarding email address:

(This email address should only be used to report safeguarding concerns.)

Mr Downing and Miss Salt are also safeguarding officers. Mr Downing is responsible for online safety issues, but you can talk to him about any other safeguarding issue too. 

If you believe that any child is in danger ring ‘Call Derbyshire’ on: 01629 533190 choosing the option for urgent child protection calls at any time or contact the police by ringing their call centre number 101 (24 hours).

Safeguarding in the Curriculum 

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and this culture pervades our school. Children come to St Mary’s to be safe, to be happy and to learn. We teach children how to keep themselves safe online and in the real world. We develop children’s social and emotional understanding so that they can be friends and manage their own conflict. We teach children about mental health and wellbeing  so they develop an understanding of their own mental health requirements and can grow up to have healthy minds and bodies. We invest time and resources in to children’s playtimes allowing them to develop imaginative play, be creative and have fun with each other.

Domestic Abuse

St Mary’s will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.

This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Children’s Services. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.

This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.

This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.

Our Safeguarding Policies can be found on the policies tab.