Safeguarding Statement

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff are trained annually on the latest safeguarding requirements and it is a subject which is reviewed at each of our weekly staff meetings.

We all have a duty to safeguard our children from all forms of abuse:

  • physical abuse;
  • sexual abuse;
  • emotional abuse; and
  • neglect


and also from the dangers of being drawn into extremism. All of these areas of abuse can come from online abuse and we need to safeguard our children from this too.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

See our Child Protection Safeguarding Policy

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads and deputies

Safeguarding Lead & Governor

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation. 

For more information on Safeguarding in West Sussex visit

Mrs Amanda O’Hagan
Inclusion Manager (DSL)

Miss Lauren Parsons
Inclusion Assistant (Deputy DSL)

Mrs Gemma Irvine
Headteacher (DSL team)

Mrs Louise Hardy
Inclusion Team Member (DSL team)

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this immediately to the Headteacher (or the CEO of Bosco CET if the concern relates to the Headteacher) – who will consider what action to take.