English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Safeguarding at school

Safeguarding at school


English Martyrs Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.


Staff work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure.  Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent supportive response.  


In recognising our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection, as a school we:

  • Have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure. 
  • Aim to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
  • Support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her Child Protection Plan.
  • Establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.


Our safeguarding policies can be found within the 'Policies' section on our website.  If you would like to know more about our policy or procedures for Safeguarding, please speak to Dr. Townsley (Headteacher) or Mrs Theophilus (SENCo).


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Dr. Helen Townsley (Headteacher)


Our Safeguarding Lead Deputy is Mrs.  Vanessa Theophilus (SENCo)


Mrs. Connick (Business Manager) leads on managing our single central record and administration of safeguarding training.


Mrs. Amos and Mr. McGuire are our lead governors for Child Protection.


The West Sussex LADOs (Local Authority Designated Officers) are Miriam Williams and Donna Tomlinson.