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At Rainhill St Ann’s Church of England Primary School, we are fully committed to the safeguarding of our Pupils. To this end, we believe that all adults who come into contact with our pupils have a duty of care to Safeguard and promote their welfare.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is one that provides clear direction to staff and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with safeguarding and child protection issues. This policy also makes explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound internal school procedures. This ensures that safeguarding and child protection concerns and referrals may be handled sensitively, professionally and in ways, which support the needs of the child.

Aims of the Policy

The aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote our pupil’s welfare, safety, health and guidance by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. The pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. There are three main elements to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy:

a) Prevention - That caring relationships with children, parents, carers and families are built on mutual trust and respect. Staff throughout the school will meet with parents on a regular basis to discuss concerns and parents are welcome at all other times to make an appointment if they need to speak to a member of staff. Attendance is vital; school operates a first day contact system in the case of unexplained absence from school which in some cases is followed up by a home visit.

b) Protection - We ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty. There are identified key workers across school. Staff are trained at a basic level in safeguarding and are made aware of the need to be observant and to monitor the children in their care i.e. to notice changes in appearance and behaviour, patterns of absence etc. Staff are aware of the need to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns. The Safeguarding Flowchart (Appendix 2) and Continuum of Need are displayed in Designated Safeguarding Lead’s (DSL) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead's offices. All Teachers have access to a copy of the guidance material, Working Together to Safeguard Children either from the DSL, school email user group, Staffroom Noticeboard or on the LSCB website.

c) Support - Children have the opportunity throughout the day to talk to adults in school. Informal support is offered to parents / carers through coffee mornings, parent’s courses and information evenings. Information relating to community services is displayed on the parents’ board. Children have accessed training in supporting their peers through such schemes as activity leaders and peer mentoring. More formal support is offered through the Attendance Procedures and where appropriate through Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) and THINK FAMILY procedures. Adults who have been involved in any part of a safeguarding/child protection issue will be offered support and, if appropriate, support from outside agencies will be sought.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

If you have any Safeguarding or health and safety concerns these should be reported to a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

                      Mrs Laura Rynn: Headteacher                    Designated Safeguarding Lead 

        Mrs Laura Crowther: Family Support Worker       Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

 Miss Charlotte Foster: Assistant Headteacher    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead            Designated LAC Teacher

              Mrs Emma Preston: Assistant Headteacher            Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Pastoral & Wellbeing Team

St Ann's Church of England Primary School has a dedicated team responsible for pupil safety and wellbeing. We believe that supporting the whole child enables our pupils to achieve to their full potential.

Mrs Beverley Allcock: Therapeutic Support Assistant Miss Ceri Taylor: Therapeutic Support Assistant

Emotional Well-being

Every child is important and we want them to feel safe, happy and cared for.

If your child is unhappy at school and needs someone to listen, please encourage them to speak to any adult who will inform Mrs Crowther.

If you have a worry about your child at school, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Rynn or Mrs Crowther, either through the school office, telephoning 0151 426 5869 or via email for our attention at

Please click on the link below for St Helens Local Safeguarding Board

Please Click here for the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and other related Policies.

For free health and wellbeing support and advice click on the following link

#GrowYourHappy Resource

We have recently been introduced to a fantastic resource that we wanted to share with you! It is an 'Online Mental Health Toolkit' which has been designed locally following consultation between St Helens Council Youth Services and members of the St Helens Youth Council. 

#GrowYourHappy is an easy to read and fun online space which is full of fun resources, support services and mood boosting content. It even includes a feel-good playlist with lots of song recommendations which are sure to encourage some dancing!

As it is more important than ever to educate our young people about the importance of self-care, we hope that you enjoy taking some time to have a look at this very useful resource. You can find the link below:

Children and Young People's Services

Delivering high quality health and social care services in Cheshire East, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral.