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St. James’ CEC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and requires all staff, parents, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. The safety and wellbeing of all children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through trained designated members of staff responsible for safeguarding and child protection.


The safeguarding team

The safeguarding team is in charge of keeping children safe at home and at school. They are called Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL).

They can be contacted at 01243 372715

Click here to view the DSL job description

Chair of Governors email contact: chair@stjamesprimaryemsworth.co.uk

Safeguarding Governor email contact: mwingfield@stjamesprimaryemsworth.co.uk 

What is Safeguarding?

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.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.


What to do if you have a concern?

If you ever have any concerns that are of a safeguarding nature in relation to the vulnerability and/or risk of any of our children and/or families, please contact one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads via the school office. 

The following link from the Hampshire County Council website provides contact telephone numbers to be used if you have any safeguarding concerns of children outside of school, or that you cannot report to the school.

The contact telephone numbers are as follows;

Office Hours – 0300 555 1384
Out of Hours – 0300 555 1373

You can also e-mail Children’s Services at childrens.services@hants.gov.uk and e-mails are checked within office hours.

In an emergency call 999.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies

You can find out more about our safeguarding procedures by viewing our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies:

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy  
  • Whistleblowing Policy 
  • Online Safety Policy

These policies can be found by clicking here to view our policies page.


Below are links to key safeguarding documents and websites.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between Children in schools and colleges

County lines information

The Prevent Duty 

Prevent for schools



UK safer internet

Hampshire safeguarding advice for parents