Safeguarding - At St Thomas' School we consider the safeguarding of or children to be of paramount importance.  If you have a safeguarding or child protection concern about a child, discuss your concerns with the DSL - Richard Breeds as soon as possible or in his absence, one of the Deputy DSLs; Carol Gardiner, Dale Saxby or Beth Dicker.  If you have concerns about a member of staff, discuss your concerns with the Chair of Governors - Jonathan Murphy (01797 226479) or via 

Dealing with a disclosure - If a child discloses that they have been abused in some way, staff and volunteers complete a Welfare Concern form, which is then passed to the DSL or DDSL who will then read the form, they may ask clarifying questions or request more information in order that they can decide on the best course of action.  The concern may be referred to SPOA (Single Point of Advice) 01323 464222, 

Children raising concerns - Children are taught about who to speak to if they have concerns, are worried etc.  this would usually be their class teacher or teaching assistant, but can be any member of staff.  NSPCC/Childline posters are displayed around the school and children are taught about keeping themselves safe through RSHE lessons.  The school also invites the NSPCC in to teach their 'Speak Out, Stay Safe' lessons (Years 2,5 & 6).

NSPCC Positively Online - The internet can be a difficult place for your child to navigate. It can be hard to know the real from the fake, how to avoid seeing negative content, or what to do if a mistake is made. That's why the NSPCC have launched a positive online habits – six top tips to help your child feel good about how they use the internet.  They can help you start a conversation with your family about online wellbeing.   So you can all feel informed, confident and happy during your time online.

NSPCC Positively online



Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility, should you have any concerns contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Richard Breeds on 01797 226479.

or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Carol Gardiner, Mr Dale Saxby or Miss Beth Dicker on 01797 226479.

Safeguarding & Child Protection policy Sept.2023

Safeguarding information for parents and carers

St Thomas' Designated teacher for LAC 

Supervision of Children

Prevent Duty

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views

  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

Please click for a link to the official government document. Risk Assessment

Online Safety

Following our Online Safety meeting for parents and carers, we now have the following information that you can download; 'Safety Net - Parenting with Technology' which gives top tips to help keep children safe online and 'Safety Net Parent/Carer and Child Online Safety Contract' which you can share with your child; it also contains some top tips as well as places you can go for help and advice about online safety.

Parents - keeping your kids safe online.pdf

Safety Net Online Safety Contract.pdf

Online safety - useful information for parents.pdf


St Thomas' C of E Aided Primary School - Online Safety policy 22-23.pdf

Useful links

NSPCC - Help for adults who have a concern about a child/children - 0808 800 5000

NSPCC - Help for children or young people - 0800 1111

The link below is for the Internet Matters website which has information and ideas to support parents & carers in talking about internet use with their children.

Thinkuknow aims to empower children and young people aged 5-17 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support.

Safer Internet Centre is another website with useful information to help you keep your children safe online.

Contacting the Single Point of Advice

01323 464222 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)

Out of hours, with serious concerns that can’t wait till the next working day, contact our Emergency Duty Service. 01273 335906 or 01273 335905 – (Monday to Thursday 5pm to 8.30am, after 4.30pm on Fridays, weekends and bank holidays).

Or email 0–

NSPCC Resources for Parent and Carers.pdf