Safeguarding our children and families is our number one priority at St Patrick’s

St Patrick’s Catholic academy recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where all children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure the children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities. The school child protection and safeguarding policy is available here:

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 2022

Safeguarding and protection policy, Executive Summary 2021-22

Safeguarding Policy Addendum Revised January 2021

Code Of Conduct For Employees 

Protocol for dealing with Allegations of Abuse against a member of staff

If you have a concern please speak to one of the Safeguarding Team Designated Safeguarding Leads.

During school closure you can contact a designated safeguarding lead teacher on the following number 0115 8550557. This will be passed onto the DSLs at Saint Patrick’s. Please ONLY use this number to report a safeguarding concern or you can email us at,, and please include ALL of these emails in case any of the safeguarding team are ill and mark your subject as safeguarding.

Our School’s Safeguarding governor is Therese Whitehall if you would like to contact her please email school via marked with FAO Safeguarding Governor.

    Designated Teacher

Our designated Teacher for Children Looked After (CLA) or Children previously looked after is Miss Lane. If a child is in care of the local authority or has been in the past Miss Lane will be able to offer help and support. Please contact Miss Lane via the office if you would like to discuss anything.

If you need help, Children and Families Direct are here to help. Please contact them if you need any support, you can self-refer or you can talk to them if you have concerns about children in another family.

There are a number of agencies available to offer support and help. Please see the posters below for information or come into school to speak to a member of staff.

Alternatively please follow one of the links below for direct access to the following websites.

NSPCC – National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children

NSPCC online safety advice for parents.

Childline – If you are a young person who ever needs someone to talk to 

Women’s Aid – If you want to talk about any domestic abuse at home, physical or emotional.