What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.  All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding at St.Catherine's 

Safeguarding is 'everyone's business' and every staff member at St. Catherine's knows the importance of safeguarding and is appropriately trained to support children in our care.  

At St. Catherine's, we have a safeguarding team that meets weekly to ensure the best provision of safe and effective care for our children.  Attendance reviews form part of our weekly safeguarding team meetings too.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads have key roles in leading on safeguarding, attending multi-agency meetings, leading on staff training and ensuring effective policies and procedures are in place to best support our children.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads at St. Catherine's are:

Miss Quiligotti Headteacher
Miss Maguire Deputy Headteacher
Mrs McCormick Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Cameron Pastoral Support and Family Liaison Leader

Our Safeguarding Governor is Kate Mackenzie.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. CEOP take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.
As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.



Resources and Guidance

Please click on our 'Policies' section under 'Key Information' to view our St. Catherine's Safeguarding Policy, which contains key information regarding safeguarding at our school, along with resources and guidance.


Child Line: 

Manchester Safeguarding Partnership: 


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Manchester, M20 6HS

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