The Salesian Academy of St John Bosco

Safeguarding & eSafety

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

At The Salesian Academy of St. John Bosco, we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for children and young people, identifying where there are child welfare concerns and taking action to address them, in partnership with families and other agencies.

As a school, our safeguarding policy is compliant with the 2021 updated Keeping Children Safe in Education DFE statutory guidance, which can be found here.

To view our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies please visit our policy page.

Concerns about a child or young person

If you have a concern regarding a child at The Salesian Academy of St. John Bosco, in the first instance please report your concern to:

Our named Safeguarding Governor is Deacon Des Bill and can be contacted by calling school.

If you think a child is in immediate danger, you should contact the police on 999.

Members of the public can also contact Sefton Children’s Services to report a concern about a child or young person.

Call 0345 140 0845 between 8am and 6pm (minicom 0151 934 4657).

Contact the emergency duty team on 0151 934 3555 for urgent advice outside of office hours (from 5.30pm Mon to Thurs, and 4pm Friday and weekends). If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.

If you wish to make a referral visit Sefton Council's website "Report a child or young person at risk".

You can contact Sefton's Community Adolescent Service (CAS) if you are concerned about a young person (age 12-25 years) who is: being pushed to be in a gang; at risk of sexual exploitation; have problems with drugs and/or alcohol, have poor mental health, experience violence at home or have run away from their family.

CAS will deal with the issues of the young person and their family before they escalate. Family members, professionals or the young person in question can contact the service on 0345 140 0845.

Any concerns about a member of staff should be raised by contacting the Head teacher, Mrs Bourgade and/or the Chair of Governors, Fr Bob Gardener.

The LADO officer is Tracy Holyhead who can be contacted at;

C/O 7th Floor, St Peter’s House, Bootle. L20 3AB

Tel: 0151 9343783/ 07739920881

Early Help

What is Early Help?

Early Help is about taking action as soon as possible to tackle problems for children and families before they can grow into something that is more difficult to overcome. It is about identifying children and families that may be at risk of running into difficulties and providing timely and effective support.

There will be times when children and families need support and times they are not sure what they need to do to make things better. Early Help can support them at these times and make problems easier to understand and quicker to solve.

It can lead to a quick solution or help to identify extra support if needed. Having an Early Help action plan in place will ensure that everyone involved with the child and family – such as teachers and health visitors – work together to provide support.

If you are experiencing difficulties or challenges as a family and would like to explore whether Early Help would benefit your family please call school and speak to Mrs Lisa Howe (Pastoral Care & Standards Leader) who can discuss this with you.

Useful Links and Contacts:

Sefton Emotional Health Partnership - December Newsletter 22
Childline app
Beat Eating Disorders

NSPCC are encouraging children to contact Childline if they need to talk. NSPCC have produced a series of posters and handy credit card sized wallet cards to encourage children to contact Childline if they need to talk. CLICK HERE to access the campaign posters for schools.

Speaking out in Sport—For Parents - NSPCC have produced an animation to help parents understand their role in keeping children safe in sport. The video outlines what parents can do to help keep their child safe and who they can turn to for help if something went wrong. CLICK HERE to view the video.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)

NSPCC have published a series of podcast episodes on assessing and preventing harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). Using trauma-informed and therapeutic practices with children and young people.

CLICK HERE to access the podcast.

What is Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)?

HSB is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour displayed by children and young people which is harmful or abusive. Peer on Peer abuse is a form of HSB where sexual abuse takes place between children of a similar age or development. NSPCC Learning has information on: Responding to an incident; Preventative Measures; Staff online training; Resources to use with children.

CLICK HERE to access the information.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention
Working together to Safeguard Children

Keeping Children Safe Online

Please click on the following links to find useful information in helping to keep children safe:

Mental Health

Healthy Relationships

Government advice for parents on young people and gangs: 

PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation): 

Domestic Abuse

Sefton Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) Team can:

  • Offer free crisis intervention support to high risk victims of domestic abuse.
  • Provide practical help including safety planning for the whole family, support through the Criminal Justice System, and home security checks.
  • Work with male and female victims aged 16+.
  • Work with victims even if they chose to remain in their relationship.

The team is available:

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Phone: 0151 934 5142

Email: - please note this is not a secure email address.

Sefton Women's & Children's Aid (SWACA)

SWACA’s dedicated team help women, young people and children survive the impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse by giving free practical and emotional support. Our services are offered regardless of Age, Disability, Sexuality, Race or Religion.

Our support can be given by phone, in person, in school, in the workplace, in Children’s Centres or in our Centre.

Telephone 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 2470151 922 8606Text: 07779 745 594



Where to go 166 Knowsley Road, Bootle, Merseyside. L20 4NR

Honour Based Abuse and Harmful Practices 


Radicalisation & Extremism 

Removing an image online

Just to make you aware the Internet Watch Foundation and Child Line have launched a ‘Report Remove’ tool which will allow children to report if a naked image of them has appeared online and get this removed.

The tool can be accessed via this link: 

CEOP 11-18's Website Toolkit

To sit alongside their new website, CEOP have updated their 11-18’s toolkit to support the use of the website as an effective learning resource for young people. This replaces the ‘Thinkuknow toolkit’, which is no longer available to download.

The toolkit includes activities that can be delivered as one-off lessons or used as part of young people’s relationships and sex education.

The activities cover specific topics (such as healthy friendships and nude image sharing) and the independent exploration of the website.

To help you plan, the toolkit contains:

Comprehensive guidance for delivering the activities safely and effectively in school and youth work settings.

Recommendations on how to make the content suitable for group discussion with two different age groups – young people aged 11-13 or 14+.

Alternative and extension activities to help you choose the best approach to use with your young people.

Please click here to access the toolkit.

Useful Phone Numbers

Sefton Children’s Services – 0345-140-0845

Liverpool Children’s Services (Careline) – 0151-233-3700

Knowsley Children’s Services – 0151-443-2600

Wirral Children’s Services (Wirral Integrated Front Door Team) – 0151-606-2008 (9am to 5pm) or 0151-677-6557 (any other time)

St Helens Children’s Services (Contact Care Team) – 01744 676 767 (9am to 5pm) or 0345 050 0148 (Emergency Duty Team)