St Joseph’s Primary School fully recognises the contribution it can make in protecting, supporting and promoting the welfare of the children in our school.

We are committed to ensuring that children are safe, that child protection practice is effective and that procedures are followed. We make every attempt possible to ensure that children are safe from abuse or harm during their time at school and at home.

If you have any concerns relating to child protection, you can speak to one of the designated members of staff at school, or contact Social Care Direct on 0345 8503503. Alternatively, you can contact the Police on 101 and ask to speak to a child protection officer.

We have links with Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership:

The school’s designated lead child protection officer is: Mrs S Spencer.

The school’s designated deputy child protection officers are: Mrs S Wakefield,  Mrs B Chernenko, Mrs S Ridgeon,  Mrs C Medley, Mrs J Bennett and Mrs S Dunning.

The school’s designated child protection governor is: Mrs A Birch.

Please find a copy of our Safeguarding Policy 2023 24 SJC


Please find a copy of our COVID-19 Addition to Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy here.

Please find details of our safeguarding team here:

Designated Staff Responsible for Child Protection in School

Support Helplines:

West Yorkshire Police Safeguarding Units:

01924 878398

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Unit:

0800 915 1561

Social Care Direct:

0345 850 3503

24hr National Domestic Violence helpline:

0808 2000 247


Childline is available 24/7

0800 1111

Translators are available when calling 101.


Helpline for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

Helpline for children and young people under 18 years: 0800 11 11

Please find further contacts for West Yorkshire here:

Useful links

Wakefield Early Help:

Everyone Needs a Helping Hand Sometimes – Please visit Early Help Wakefield for a list/directory of all the support networks that are provided in this area.

Wakefield’s young people safeguarding charter:

Parent Info:

On Parent Info, you’ll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing online.

Parent Info is a collaboration with Parent Zone, who have been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.

Educate Against Hate:

The government has launched Educate Against Hate, to provide resources to parents and school that can reduce the risk of radicalisation and build resiliance in children against extremism, and promote shared values.


The NSPCC Website ‘Share Aware’ provides straight forward, no-nonsense advice that will untangle the web, and show parents how they can be just as great a parent online as offline. It includes a guide to social networking sites, a parents’ guide and tips about how to talk to your child about staying safe online.

Domestic abuse Wakefield contact information:

Parents guide to extremism and radicalisation:


West Yorkshire Police: Online Guides

The West Yorkshire Police have a series of online guides helping parents to keep their children safe online. The guides cover a variety of devices, alongside resources for protecting children against targeted online abuse, and signs of child exploitation.

Home Office: County Lines

Children are being exploited by gangs involved in drug crime. Know the signs to spot.

School is taking part: Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass letter

Operation Encompass Poster