Christ the Word Catholic School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of everyone in school. All members of staff are responsible for the safety and protection of the learners and each other.

Our learners have a right to a supportive, caring and safe environment and to protection from all types of abuse. Our staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Our Safeguarding Policy and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students in our care. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) ensure that they are aware of these procedures.

Our Safeguarding Policy ensures that everyone will feel safe in our environment.

Any concerns regarding neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse are addressed in accordance with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.

Staff report any concerns to the Child Protection Officer who works with professional colleagues as well as other relevant agencies such as Health and Social Services.

If your child is ever concerned about his / her safety or wellbeing or about a friend, they should talk to their teacher or another member of the school’s staff.

Keeping Learners Safe – Welsh Government Guidance

Only on occasions when we may be obliged to make a referral to the Education and Children’s Services Department who will decide on the next course of action. Due to the nature of the allegations it may not always be appropriate to discuss matters with parents/carers prior to making a referral. The responsibility for investigating allegations lies with Children’s Services and the Police.