St Peters Birstall

Life at St Peter's C of E Junior, Infant & Early Years School Life at St Peter's C of E Junior, Infant & Early Years School Life at St Peter's C of E Junior, Infant & Early Years School


The Safeguarding Team

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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

Should you have any safeguarding concerns, you should contact one of our Safeguarding officers. Our safeguarding governor is Mrs A Sowden. If you wish to make contact with Mrs Sowden, please contact the school office.

If you have any safeguarding concerns out of school hours, you should contact Kirklees Duty and Advice on 01484 456848. If you have immediate concerns for a child's safety, you should contact the police on 999. 

Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Pupils’ safety is paramount at St Peter's.

If parents/carers would like any further information regarding the safeguarding of children then please follow the below link.

Safeguarding Policy 2023 - 2024

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023


If you have concerns about online safety at home, please contact school and access support at:
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.  It provides help and support for parents and children by age range.
This site offers the opportunity to make a report about online abuse or how someone is communicating to one of CEOP's child protection advisors.  It also has age appropriate support for children.
This site helps parents develop the right skills and understanding, so that their children can discover the possibilities and opportunities available to them online. 


Pupil absences - school safeguarding procedures

All absences must be reported to the school office by 8.45am each day.  If the office staff are not aware of a reason for your child's absence, you will be contacted by Telephone/Teachers to Parents to confirm the reason for absence.

If we are unable to communicate to a parent/carer and therefore have no reason for the absence, we will try to speak to other contacts we have on record.

If no contact has been made after 30 minutes, a Safe and Well visit to the pupil's home address may be carried out by a Designated Safeguarding Lead and colleague, to ensure your child is safe. 

This is a safeguarding requirement for all schools. 

Please help us to reduce the work involved in checking a pupil absence, by always leaving an absence message on the school number 01924 326750.  This message can be left at any time - for example, if your child is unwell in the night you can ring school and leave a message that the office can pick up in the morning.

Thank you for your assistance in this important matter.



Operation Encompass - Supporting children affected by domestic violence


Our Designated Safeguarding Leads  (DSL’s)  are Lesley Evans (DSL), Emily Warrior (Deputy DSL) and Rachel Lockwood (Deputy DSL) 

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass means that the Education Safeguarding Service will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when the police have been called to a domestic incident.

Once DSL has attended at an Operation Encompass briefing, they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all DDSL’s.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Please be assured that Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information in school.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe Operation Encompass is extremely beneficial for all those involved.  If you have any concerns please remember that the Safeguarding Team can be contacted at school.

Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.


The DSL has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.

We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.


St Peter's School also recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and terrorism is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. Our school uses the Kirklees PREVENT Strategy. The aim of PREVENT is to safeguard and support young people and adults who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. For more information on the Kirklees PREVENT Strategy please click the link below:

Prevent – KSCP (