Have you got a concern about a child or young person?

If you are concerned that a child or young person is in an emergency situation you should contact the police urgently on 999.

You can also contact:

Cumbria Safeguarding Hub (

If you have significant concerns about a child please contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, phone 0333 240 1727.

Students can also contact the following organisations if they have any concerns or are worried about their own or anybody else’s safety or well-being:

If you wish to contact a member of staff at St Benedict’s to raise a concern or worry about your child’s safety or anybody else’s safety or wellbeing you can email:

This email is checked on a daily basis during the holidays and someone will get back in touch with you within 24 hours. 

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

If you have a specific concern about safeguarding, or a general question or query, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sheena Kar or in her absence the Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Sue Savage who is appropriately trained.

Things we do to safeguard children in our school: 

  • Secure site during the school day
  • Signing in/out for all visitors
  • Visitors to wear a visitor’s badge on site and are asked to sign our Safety Guidance
  • All staff have current DBS checks, which are updated regularly in line with School Policy
  • The School has adopted the Safer Recruitment principles
  • Every interview panel has a member trained in Safer Recruitment
  • References for new staff are sought and validated prior to appointment
  • Partner agencies provide written assurance that their staff have undergone DBS checks
  • Professional colleagues who work in our School have DBS checks
  • All staff, when they enter St Benedict’s,  complete a Level 1 e-learning course in Safeguarding, or join the whole school Safeguarding training cycle
  • Drop-in support is provided from outside agencies and other healthcare professionals
  • The safeguarding team all have Level 3 qualifications and meet weekly

For more information, on our Safeguarding Young People and Behaviour policies please visit our policies page by clicking on the link below:

St. Benedict’s Policies

Useful Links and Information

Safeguarding – A Guide for Parents – PDF Download 

Children & Young People – Child Centred Policing 

Child Mental Health & Wellbeing- 10 Top Tips for Parents

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership



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