Safeguarding at Garswood

Safeguarding and Child Protection at Garswood Primary School and Nursery

Garswood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone and concerns must always be reported.

The designated teacher for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Pam Potter, the Head teacher. 

Andrew Yearsley is the Deputy Safeguarding Lead and works in collaboration with Pam Potter in the safeguarding of children at Garswood.

Helen Evans, the Family Support Worker is also fully trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection and we also have Emma Rumsey in our wraparound care fully trained as a DSL.

The School Governor responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding is Cllr Sue Murphy, the Chair of Governors. Her contact details are available via the the school office if you feel that you have concerns that cannot be dealt with by the designated staff at the school.

All staff receive regular training in Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Please find below the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy along with some useful contact information. 

You may also wish to read the most up to date version of Keeping Children Safe in Education which can be found here.

More information on how we keep children safe at Garswood Primary School can be found here.

Working in Partnership

The school is committed to working with other agencies to keep children safe. Read more about the St Helens Safeguarding Partnership here and about the Wigan Safeguarding Partnership here.

The school has a commitment to Operation Encompass Domestic Abuse and Missing from Home or Care processes.

Operation Encompass provides notification to educators about children who are experiencing Domestic Abuse and those who have or are missing from home or care. More  information can be found here. We are committed to working with Catch 22 and other agencies to support the safety of children who go missing from home or care. More information on Catch 22 can be found here.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL: Please note - you are not allowed to use your mobile phone when on the school premises. This is to avoid any misunderstandings and protect children and visitors. 

Multiagency partners for safeguarding

Contact reference

Garswood Primary and Nursery School

01744 678290

Contact Centre/First response

(To report and make referrals to social care if you are concerned a child is at risk)

01744 676600 / 01744 676767

St. Helens Safeguarding Children Partnership - Families (

Wigan Report concerns (


01925 873000

Domestic Abuse Team

01744 743200

Safe2Speak | Support from the St Helens Domestic Abuse Team

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

CAMHS 01952 737400

Find mental health support - St Helens Borough Council

Thrive St Helens CYP (

Banardo's Tel: 01744 753 238

Counselling services

We believe in the transformative power of counselling - Listening Ear (

Butterflies - 0151 488 6648 

Listening Ear's Butterflies Service - St Helens Gateway

[email protected]

Family Hubs and Children's Centres

Family Hub and Children's Centres - St Helens Borough Council

Home Start

01744 626701

Children’s Disability Service

– The Bridge Centre

 ( School age children)

01744 673131


School Nursing Service

01744 624313

Continence Service

01744 626701

Adoption Service

01744 613041

St Helens Young Carers

[email protected]

01744 675615

There are other resources available to support families. Please speak with our Family Support Worker, Helen Evans


Information can also be found on 

At any point anyone can report a concern they have about a child to St.Helens Contact Centre on 01744 676600 Or in the case of an emergency outside normal office hours (after 5pm) you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 050 0148


If you are concerned about Child Sexual Exploitation  contact St.Helens Contact Centre on 01744 676600 or the police 999.

If you have concerns about radicalisation and extremism or believe your child is at risk then please contact the school and speak with Pamela Potter/Andrew Yearsley or please contact the police 999. Illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet can be reported here

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