Safeguarding & Child Protection

Rothwell St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

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.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Siobhan Leonard (Head Teacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is  Mrs Sweeney (Deputy Head).

Our trained officers are:

Ms Helen MacPherson (School Business Manger)

Mrs Seanna Sweeney (Deputy Head/ designated deputy lead)

Mrs Rachel Sheldon-Price (Learning Mentor)

Our named governor is Mrs Claudette Farias-Fagg (Governors).

Our Chair of Governors is: Mrs Claudette Farias-Fagg

Please find below links to current policies

Rothwell St Mary’s Final Safeguarding Child Protection LA Model Policy 2023-2024

KSCIE 2023 Scan here for KCSIE

Amendment during the Covid19 period COVID-19 Schools Jan21 SG policy addendum (002) 6.5.21

Behaviour Policy 2023 (1)

Leeds model school attendance policy RSM Sept 2023

GSWP Feb 2022 final RSM

Rothwell St Mary’s Safer Recruitment Policy


Keeping Families Safe

All of the information below is linked to keeping families and family members safe. Please read the information below and follow the links. If you have a cause for concern please contact one of our Child Protection Officers.

Children Missing in Education – Local Authority Guidance: Children_Missing_Education_-_statutory_guidance

Online Safety Support:

Childline: A website to give support to children of all ages. There is a telephone number that is free to call if you want to talk about : friendship problems ; bullying ; gangs ; problems with parents ; problems with drugs or alcohol and depression. The number to call is 0800 1111

Prevent Agenda – Support for Parents:

ACT Early Safeguarding Letter – July 2022


Domestic Violence:

School takes domestic violence seriously. School works with outside agencies and will be notified of any DV incident that occurs in the home where the police are involved. School will be notified by the Leeds Domestic Violence unit and these incidents will be logged on our Safeguarding system – CPOMS.

Here is the letter notifying parents that DV incidents are reported to schools where a child is present: dv notification letter – annual or website

Further support can be found below.

Domestic Violence Helpline : 24 hour phone-lines to give advice regarding domestic violence issues.

Women’s Aid : Support and Help for Women and children living with domestic violence

What is domestic abuse?

Refuge : A domestic violence support webpage with links to modern human slavery and people trafficking.

Men’s Advice Line : Support and Help for men suffering from Domestic Violence and Abuse


Let’s Stop Abuse Together: