At St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School, the health, safety and well-being of all our children is of paramount importance to all the adults who work or volunteer here.  All of our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability.  The School will regard Child Protection as an essential task of all its staff, governors and volunteers.

The aim of our Child Protection Policy is to safeguard and promote our pupil’s welfare, safety, health and guidance by fostering an honest, open caring and supportive climate and this is of paramount importance at St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School. The School recognises that an effective whole school child protection and safeguarding policy is one that provides clear direction to staff and all other adults in school, about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child protection issues.  All of our staff receive regular training on Child Protection and Safeguarding.

Whilst it is the responsibility of every adult working in school to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, there are key people at St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School and in the LA who have specific responsibilities.


Mr Michael Craig is the Designated Person for Safeguarding and Child Protection and

Mrs Clair Brown and Miss Stephanie Sapsed are the Deputy Designated Persons for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Mrs Pat Smith is the Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection.                                     

Mr Michael Craig is the Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding Mrs Clair Brown is the Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding  Miss Stephanie Sapsed is the Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding 

If you have a concern about any child, you can speak in total confidentiality to our Designated Person who can offer advice about your worries.

All staff are fully trained and procedures are detailed and followed in every case where a child may be at risk. Additionally, anyone who has a concern about the safety of a child, can make a referral to the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727.

A copy of our full Child Protection Policy can be downloaded below.

There are a variety of key documents for child protection in school.  Please click on the links below to view or download them.


2018-2019 Child Protection Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Online Safety Policy 2017

Overarching Safeguarding Statement 2018

Peer on Peer Abuse Policy and Procedures 2018

Summary Contact Details 2018


St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School ensures that safeguarding and child protection is given the utmost priority in every aspect of school life.  Child protection is an essential task for everyone in school.  For further information on this visit

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – pupils, staff, visiting adults, governors etc. or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals.

Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and, where appropriate, dealt with.  Where misconduct by a teacher is proven, the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration.  Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.

We encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  We ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils, reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.


Any concerns or support sought by school will be via Cumbria Children's Services who strive to offer families with the support that they require. They will work with us to improve outcomes for our pupils and their families, More information is available from their website 

 "St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and well-being of its pupils, engages with young people and staff in Policy and practice developments, proactively encourages feedback and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment”.


Please see our Rough Guide to Staying Safe leaflet below for more advice on helping your child to stay safe.  You can also download a guide to keeping safe online by clicking the link: Keeping Under Fives Safe Online.