St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

Mrs Amanda Cross

01993 841240

Safeguarding and Online Safety

SWGfL Report Harmful Content


You will find lots of information on the website for supporting teaching and learning 

Safeguarding and Child Protection  - 

 St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.


We follow the procedures set out by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB -

 School Safeguarding Team

If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to one of the following:

Mrs Lisa Smith - Principal, Senco & Designated Child Protection Officer

Ms Cheryl MacLennan-  Deputy Designated Child Protection Office


Cause for concern

Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Oxfordshire Area Safeguarding Team and inform the appropriate authorities.



National Online Safety


We are very proud to announce that we are committed to provide training for teachers, governors and parents as part of efforts to ensure that pupils stay safe online. We have recently become members of National Online Safety and hope to gain our accreditation soon.  


National Online Safety - please access using password sent, by clicking below

Online Safety Letter Mr Foster Jan 21

Acceptable Use Policy 

Social Networking Sites

Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are all online, so any information you add about yourself can be seen by anyone in the world if you have not set your privacy settings.

Here are a few top tips from ThinkUKnow about staying safe whilst online:

Never put your full address on your site
It’s best to leave the space blank, or if you do want to add some information, make sure that you make your profile private so only your friends can see it.

It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name
Your friends will know your nickname so will know it’s you.

It’s a good idea to put your real age on your site
f you lie and say you are older, you may get adults trying to contact you.

It’s NOT a good idea to put your mobile number on your site
Your real friends will already have it!

Use your Privacy Settings!
Adjust your account settings (sometimes called “Privacy Settings”) so only approved friends can instant message you. This won’t ruin your social life – new people can still send you friend requests and message you, they just won’t be able to pester you via IM. This means that people you don’t want to see your profile can’t!



Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the name that is used when people on the internet send nasty and upsetting things over the internet.

t can also be done by people using mobile phones, by sending messages and making nasty phone calls.

The number one rule to remember if someone is being nasty to you in this way is don’t respond and don’t reply.
You should tell a trusted adult straight away if someone is upsetting you, or if you have been getting upsetting messages.

The second rule is to save all nasty messages and emails.
You don’t have to read them, but save them in a folder so you can show an adult if you need to.

The third rule is to tell a trusted adult.
If you tell someone about what’s been happening, they will be able to help and maybe stop it.
If you feel you can’t talk to someone just yet, call Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.


For more information about staying in control online, please visit ThinkUKnow's website.

During these unprecedented times, St Joseph Catholic Primary School has been open for children of Critical Workers and our vulnerable pupils with a skeleton staff operating to keep down the risk of contracting the virus to a minimum.  This does not mean that we will forego any safeguarding procedures - our concern is and always will be for the safety of our pupils both on and off site.  As part of our new operating procedures, we will adhere to the attached appendix issued by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Team alongside our own school's comprehensive safeguarding procedures.

Amended Safeguarding Appendix - COVID-19

We will use the online teaching platform to monitor children attending and make regular welfare checks on pupils who have not accessed the online portal - this could be either through a telephone conversation or a home visit when it is safe to do so - this will be recorded and shared with appropriate agencies.

All concerns will be included in our reporting system CPOMS which includes any contact made with our families whilst school remains closed for the vast majority of our pupils.

Child Line

Visitor Information - Safeguarding 

All staff and visitors alike have a responsibility for safeguarding our pupils. To ensure this we ask the following:

  • Switch off you mobile phone/device and store it in your bag
  • In the event you do need to use your mobile phone or camera enabled device, please do so in an area that is not accessed by the children, this includes corridors. Such places could be in one of the offices or in the staff room.
  • Do not take pictures, videos or sound recordings of any pupils unless you have sought permission from the school.
  • If you are working with a child, please ensure the class teacher is aware of this, where you are working and approximately how long for
  • If you are working with a child, please do so in a space that is open, or have an open door or visible by others through a window
  • If you have a concern about a child please pass this on to the child’s class teacher, who will then follow our safeguarding procedures. If they are not available, please speak with one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers – Lisa Smith, Cheryl MacLennan, Debi Davis, Kim Quinn, Clare Neller
  • If you have a concern about another adult in school, please ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • Always share concerns with school staff, no matter how small they may appear, and don’t keep them to yourself.
  • If a child says something to you that you think could be a safeguarding concern, act as above, and if possible write down what was said immediately. Listen to the child, do not question them or promise them that it will remain confidential between the two of you.


The button above 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 initial 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.

For further information use the link below...

Internet Matters

If your child is a keen gamer and uses a range of consoles or devices to play the latest games, take a look at our list of consoles, platforms and gaming apps parental control how-to guides to get up to speed on how to set the right level of protection to give them a fun and safe experience.



This resource isn't for teens, it's for the youngest primary pupils. Why? Although there is awareness about teens choosing to or being coerced or tricked into sharing nudes online, this is about another issue altogether (although the principles taught here will also help children as they grow into the age of sexual experimentation later.)

We want schools and parents to spread the message of Undressed to the very youngest primary pupils because law enforcement agencies such as NCA CEOP have repeatedly warned about sexual predators tricking young children into getting changed or undressed on camera by playing a ‘game’ or issuing a ‘challenge’ to see how fast they can get changed into different clothes or into a swimming costume. This might happen over video chat or livestreaming app; children often don't even know this has happened; videos are often taken and then circulated.

The Internet Watch Foundation has identified an increase in this trend during 2020 (IWF annual report) - and it's important to recognise that this happens in regular, safe families, while parents are in the house...sometimes the analysts notice the recording ending when a child is called for dinner! So this is something that affects all families. Read the IWF report above or these case studies (also IWF) of real children affected by this abuse strategy (the youngest was 7 years old but even younger children can be affected.)

Visit the website below to find out about Safer Internet Day 2022 and click on the image to go the NSPCC


As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Learning together to be safe - a toolkit for schools to help schools contribute to the prevention of violent extremism

Prevent Duty Guidance:

Channel Guidance:

Our Online CEOP trained Co-ordinator is Mr Roland Foster!

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