Staff Involved in Safeguarding at St Francis

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the person appointed to take lead responsibility for child protection issues in school.

The DSL should:
• work with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure safeguarding is at the heart of the school ethos and that all staff are supported in knowing how to recognise and respond to potential concerns.
• liaise with the head teacher or principal to keep them informed of any safeguarding of issues especially ongoing enquiries and police investigations
• as required, liaise with the local authority case manager or the designated officer at the local authority if a concern has arisen regarding a member of staff
• liaise with staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies
• act as a source of support, advice and expertise for staff.
Please see below the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads in our school.
Mrs Rachel Marsh

Deputy Head Teacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Designated Teacher for Children in Care and Single Point of Contact for the Prevent Agenda

Training Undertaken

Level 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection Training

Mrs Hannah Stevens

Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Training Undertaken

Level 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection Training

Miss Nicky Sleeman

Upper Key Stage Two Phase Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Training Undertaken

Level 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection Training

Christina Hourigna

Designated Safeguarding Governor

Other staff that have undertaken Level 3 Multi Agency Child Protection Training:
Rachel McDermid
Nicky Sutton
Safeguarding Statement

At St Francis, we have a child-centred approach to safeguarding where, at all times, our practitioners consider what is in the best interests of our pupils. We understand that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DFE, 2020) as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Child Protection refers to all of the specific processes, policies and measures that we have in place to prevent, and respond to instances where a child may be suffering, or likely to suffer from harm, as a result of abuse.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

At St Francis, safeguarding is led by our Deputy Headteacher, Rachel Marsh (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Hannah Stevens (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher). Our Safeguarding Governor is Christina Hourigan who monitors and moderates our work in this area and supports us to ensure that our provision is constantly of the highest standards.

If you have concerns about a professional or volunteer working with a child you need to contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 01872 326536.


Click here to view the OSCP (Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership) website. On the website there are areas for parents/carers, young people and professionals can be found, as well as a dedicated Coronavirus information area to offer advice links to families who may need support with emotional health and wellbeing issues at the moment.


Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (OSCP) have launched ‘CE the Signs’. It’s a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation across Cornwall. This campaign aims to increase public understanding of child exploitation, raise awareness of the signs and indicators to watch out for and to educate people on the routes for reporting concerns. Through the campaign, they aim to encourage people to take a second look at any. 



Who to contact if you have concerns about a child:

  • Multi-agency Referral Unit: 0300 123 1116
  • Out of Hours Service: 01208 251300
  • Police 101
Operation Encompass

St Francis is an Operation Encompass School.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. This enables us to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

Our Key Adult is Rachel Marsh, who is supported by Hannah Stevens and Nicky Sleeman.