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Safeguarding & Child Protection

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them 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.

At St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

Designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead: 

Mr McKeever - Email: dsl@stmarymagsbex.e-sussex.sch.uk  / Phone: 01424 735 810 

Deputy Designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Leads:

Mrs Furness -  Phone: 01424 735 810 

Mrs Watts -  Phone: 01424 735 810 

Safeguarding Link Governor:

Mr Feast - Email: nfeast@stmarymagsbex.e-sussex.sch.uk / Phone: 01424 735 810 

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO and Assistant LADO): Consultation via the online portal here

Referrals into Early Help and Social Care Single Point of Advice: 01323 464222 

Emergency Duty Service (after hours, weekends and public holidays): 01273 335906/01273 335905

Health & Safety Co-Ordinator: Mrs Dorman - Phone: 01424 735 810 

Safeguarding Policies

Useful safeguarding documents

What to do if you have a concern about a child

Children and young people

To report a concern over the safety or welfare of a child or young person (aged under 18): 

For more information go to Actions to take before you contact SPoA

You can find out more about safeguarding children on the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

Useful links:

East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership


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Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents

Children's Commissioner Poster


Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors





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