St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

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St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects the whole school community to share this commitment.

Mrs M Tucker

Head Teacher

& Deputy DSL

Mrs C Hodges

Assistant Head

DSL & Inclusion

Ms L Morris

Assistant Head

Early Years/KS1/Deputy DSL

Ms S Marc

Assistant Head

KS2/Deputy DSL


The Designated Safeguarding Team strives to ensure that children are safe, happy and making progress.  They also provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties including the governors. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Cara Hodges and our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Jeannie Walls.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.  School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children and families, to prevent concerns from escalating. All staff, including supply staff, volunteers and governors, must ensure that they are aware of the school’s child protection policy and procedures. Every member of staff must attend training, to which governors will also be invited. Parents and carers are welcome to read our policy, which is available on our website or via the school office.  

Schools and their staff from part of the wider safeguarding system for children.  This system is described in statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018”.  Schools work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. 

The School are able to offer advice and support to families who are experiencing difficulties, this may involve sign posting to other services, such as housing, children’s social care, arts therapy and emotional support to name but a few.

Policies/Helpful links and Documents

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Keeping Children Safe In Education 2023 - Part One September 

Working together to safeguard children 2018

Resources to support you keeping your children safe online Merton Safeguarding - Children Partnership Website

If you are worried that a child may be at risk of neglect or abuse please contact:

Children and Families Hub
Children, Schools and Families Department
12th Floor, Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 4226 or 020 8545 4227
(Out of hours: 020 8770 5000)
Fax: 020 8545 4204



You do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially.

Or in an emergency contact the police by telephone on 999 

If you are concerned about a child, please contact one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.