Child Protection and Safeguarding

St. Theresa’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and safer recruitment, for all it’s pupils. 

Child Protection Procedures

Schools, because of their daily contact with children, are particularly well-placed to observe outwards signs of changes in children’s behaviour or failure to develop, which may occasionally be a cause for concern. Parents should be aware therefore, that where a member of staff has concerns about a child or a child makes a disclosure to them, the school is required, as part of Local Child Protection Procedures, to report concerns to Social Care.

Help and advice for parents

As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We’re here to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe. 

In this regard we will post news articles and resources that we think useful. These will appear in our main news feed as they are added, and can be found in our Resources Library, or more specifically on the Safeguarding news page. 

The Difference Between Safeguarding and Child Protection

People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.

In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between.  This diagram sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:


As you can see, Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding.  Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.