At St James, safeguarding is paramount. All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding Children. 

There are five adults in school who have completed safeguarding and child protection training for designated leads. We operate a hierarchy system so that staff are clear who they should make contact with in the first instance. If this person is not in school then they would seek assistance from the second person on the list etc.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Our designated safeguarding lead is:

Miss B Minor, Headteacher

Our Deputy designated safeguarding leads are:

Mrs H Lloyd, Learning Mentor

Mrs J Butterworth, SENDCo

Miss L McCarthy, Assistant Headteacher

Mrs R Dent, Deputy Headteacher

Mr T Wildey, Assistant Headteacher 

The above people complete training every two years. This was last updated in January 2022

Staff & Governors

All staff (teachers, teaching assistants, lunchtime assistants, admin staff and the caretaker) have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training (which is also renewed every two years). Staff who were not able to attend this training or have joined the school since this date have completed similar training programmes. Staff receive regular safeguarding updates throughout the year via staff briefings and complete an online training programme via Safeguard Software annually.

The named Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Claire Holding.

All staff recruitment panels include at least one person who has completed appropriate 'Safer Recruitment in Education' training. Four governors have completed this training.

All staff in school are required to wear a Crigglestone St James blue lanyard. Visitors must sign in at the school office, where they will be expected to wear a red or green visitor lanyard. The back of the lanyard contains the names of the safeguarding team who they would report any child protection concerns to.

All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check, details of which are kept on a Single Central Record in school. Governors check this record as part of their Safeguarding Governor Challenge day.

Operation Encompass

St James is an operation encompass school. This project aims to support children living in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. The training received in school allows to us to use confidential information shared with us to support our children and families, allowing us to make the next day better. 

Young People's Safeguarding Charter

Young People's Safeguarding Charter

Below is a link to the Young People of Wakefield's Safeguarding Charter. Children and Young People in Wakefield want to feel safe, and as a result they have created their Safeguarding Charter which explains what young people expect of the adults in their community to enable them to feel safe and ensure they feel well cared for.

Click here to view the charter

Other Information

Our Safeguarding Policy (and related policies) form a central part of the Staff Induction process, and all of these policies are reviewed annually.

We believe that it is important to make our children and young people aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our curriculum, along with the student friendly safeguarding policy, support children in recognising when their personal safety is being compromised.

We are committed to multi-agency working, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the pupils at St James.


Please click here to be transferred to our policy section where you will find our up-to-date policies related to safeguarding.


Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP)

Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools

Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse

ChildLine - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK

Please visit Wakefield Early Help Directory for information on local support available. 

Gaming, Apps and Streaming Informaiton - Useful tips and advice for parents

Respect UK - Domestic Abuse advice line for men

Reporting Harmful Content

Reporting Harmful Content Button: (Click here to report harmful content)

The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.

The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an intial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites' community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.

Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.

RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse. 

The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering: 

  • links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm

  • help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online

  • signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to reportlegal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation

Reporting to RHC

Reports can be made 24/7 through the online reporting forms and helpline practitioners will review and respond to reports  within 72 hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Reports can be made to RHC by anyone over the age of 13. SWGfL operates 3 helplines and to be sure you're getting the right support take a look at the Helpline flowchart to find out who can best support you.


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