St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School has two staff members who are Designated Safeguarding Leads and 2 Deputies.

The Designated Safeguarding Leads will strive to ensure that children are safe, happy and making progress.  They also provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties.

The role of the school

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, to prevent concerns from escalating.  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.

What to do if you need some advice and support

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 to name but a few.

Please check our calendar for upcoming events and informal coffee mornings.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy – STOC 2020

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy addendum in response to COVID – Parents

Keeping children safe in education – for schools and colleges

Working together to safeguard children 2018

Information for Staff and Parents about the Prevent Strategy leaflet

What to do if you are worried about a child being abused

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

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 Safeguarding Leads.