What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all at Holy Cross ensure the approach is child-centred. This means that Holy Cross consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.  Holy Cross recognise that no single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.  The purpose of safeguarding children is to:

  • Protect them from abuse, maltreatment and exploitation.
  • Prevent anything from harming their health or development.
  • Ensure they can grow up under safe and effective care.
  • Take action to ensure they have the best outcomes in life.

As part of our Safeguarding offer, Holy Cross and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust (OLoL CMAT) have a team of people who lead on safeguarding our students, they are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).  Holy Cross DSLs are also the people who will support with any concerns raised around children’s health, wellbeing and safety, as described above. If you have a concern regarding the wellbeing, health, development, relationships or safety of a child, please use the contact details below and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) contact details:

Mrs Rachael Tipton (Deputy Headteacher/SENCo/DSL Lead)


Tel: 01159534577

Mrs Sara Bruce (EYFS/KS1 Lead/Deputy DSL Lead)


Tel: 01159534577

Mrs Tammie McNamara (Headteacher/Deputy DSL Lead)


Tel: 01159534577

Mrs Maria Williams (Chair of Governors/Designated Safeguarding Governor)


Tel: 0115 953 4577

Safeguarding hotline number for OLOL CMAT

Tel: 01158550557
This will be diverted to our safeguarding team between 9am-3pm weekdays, and will send a voicemail to the safeguarding team outside of these times.

Robert Della-Spina (Trust Safeguarding Lead)


Tel: 07961203307

Reporting a Concern

You can report a safeguarding concern by following the attached link:

Information for parents and carers from the Nottinghamshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub:

MASH Information For Parents And Carers

Staff Safeguarding Training

Information on our staff safeguarding training can be found here Staff Training Information.

How we keep you safe at Holy Cross

Information about the different ways we keep you safe can be found on the document below:

How We Keep You Safe At Holy Cross 

Useful Websites to Support your Child’s Safety

Childline: 0800 1111 Childline – Childline is a counselling service for children and young people.

NSPCC: NSPCC | The UK children’s charity – the NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

Action for Children: Action For Children – Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.