At Joseph’s we recognise the importance of all our children feeling safe as we recognise this as a condition of being ready to learn. Safeguarding at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is given top priority.  All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding. We believe that it is important to make children aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our PSHE, Rainbow curriculum supports children in recognising when their personal rights are being compromised. The school also signposts access to support for pupils, by displaying Childline posters with helpline numbers. 0800 1111

Safeguarding Contacts at St Joseph’s

Mrs Rippon – Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Curran – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Crook – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Click here to read the DfE guidelines on Keeping Children Safe in Education Keeping Children Safe In Education September 2019

We work hard at St Joseph’s to ensure our children are safe when with us, and also teach them how to keep safe themselves – both in and outside of school.
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Promoting safeguarding through teaching and learning


Incidents of bullying are taken seriously at St Joseph’s. Children have been taught to identify bullying behaviour and are encouraged to report it.  A great emphasis is put on developing the skills of being a good friend.

As pupils mature they are able to reflect on their own and others’ rights and responsibilities. Pupils are taught to behave in this way and are involved in drawing up codes of Conduct in their classes.

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At St Joseph’s we have a cycle of safeguarding assemblies that include:


Road Safety

Water Safety


Child Protection

The senior leadership team run fortnightly assemblies to celebrate achievement.  This provides an opportunity to reinforce St Joseph’s Golden Rules:


Everyone has a right to learn

Everyone has a right to be respected

Everyone has a right to feel safe

They are also reminded of how to ‘Keep safe and keep happy’


We use these slogans to make it easy to remember:


Tell any adult in the school

Use the Worry Boxes

Talk to our ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)

We have a ’Play Buddy’ scheme in action at playtimes where some older children, who are clearly identifiable from their yellow tabards will support children who want help with finding a friend to play with.  The friendship bench is a central point for children to come to and is seen as a friendly place to sit.

Friendship Bench at St Joseph's

In year 2 children are taken to  STREETWISE where they experience full sized mock-up scenarios  that teach them how to keep themselves and others safe.  For example by the river, at home, or at the scene of road accident or a house fire.

Training to safeguard learners

E-Safety training

Zip It

We use the ‘Safe Schools Team’ from Dorset Police to run e- safety workshops with each class every year.  In this way children are reminded of the ‘Zip it, flag it, block it’ slogan that is displayed in school at all times.  These workshops extend to parents too in order to encourage our whole-school community to protect themselves. The school’s E-Safety Champion carries out an annual 360 degree audit – this shows our current rating is above average compared to the 10,395 schools using this audit.

We also use the ‘Safe Schools Team’  to deliver an annual workshop on preventing bullying.

To view the latest newsletter from the Safer Schools and Communities Team, please click here:

Dorset Police Online Safety Newsletter Autumn 2019

Dorset Police Online Safety Newsletter Spring 2019

External agencies

At St Joseph’s we will signpost parents to outside agencies whenever it seems useful.  We have links to the Somerford Children’s Centre who offer parenting courses and many other helpful family provision.  Please click here for details.


To view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies please click on the following:

Child Protection Policy 2018 (updated March 2019)

Social_networking_policy 2017

Acceptable Usage Policy- Children

E-Safety Policy 2017


St Josephs Intimate Care Policy amended Aug 2016

 Confidentiality Policy (DCC Model March 2011) Oct 14

St Joseph’s Whistleblowing Policy Feb 2014 reviewed Jan 19

Code of Conduct – March 2019

St Josephs Mobile Technology Policy 2017

Prevent Policy 2017

For St Joseph’s Behaviour Policy please see our Policies and Forms page.

Dorset Safeguarding Children Board Safeguarding Awareness Poster:  DSCB-Safeguarding-Awareness-Poster-2013

Useful Websites:

The Department for Education website: Keeping Children Safe In Education

For information on how to keep your child safe on the web click on the following: .  This government site explains things clearly and with enough detail that allows parents to feel informed and able to support their children.

More infomation regarding safeguarding and e-safety can be found on the following websites:

Childnet International  (recommended by the Safer Schools and Community Team);

Parent Zone 
Parent Zone offers some practical advice on how you can stay calm when you’re online.


If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small – don’t bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind,  Childline is here for you.