01942 747818

Billinge Road, Wigan, Lancashire WN3 6BL


Highfield St Matthew's Church of England Primary School

‘Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:13)


Our Designated Senior Leader for Safeguarding is Rebecca Holland

Our Back-up Designated Senior Leader is Alison Barron

Our Learning Mentor, Natalie Parkinson, is also a trained DSL

Our Safeguarding Governor is Joy Oliveros



‘The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to identify risky, unsafe or problematic situations, how and when to seek help, how to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.


The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carers of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school can in certain circumstances share information without the consent of the family and may be advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter or make enquires. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.


The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.’

If any parent, member of staff or governor has a child protection or safeguarding query, the designated person to speak to is Mrs R Holland, Assistant Head Teacher. In the absence of Mrs Holland, the Head Teacher, Mrs  A Barron, or the Learning Mentor, Miss N Parkinson, can also be contacted.

01942 747818            HSTM@ldst.org.uk


The Wigan Safeguarding board offers advice and support if you are concerned for a child's welfare from bullying and abuse to internet safety.

The NSPCC work to protect children and prevent abuse so that we can make child abuse a thing of the past. See there website for ways to spot abuse and how to report it.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) work with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children. CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency.

Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people. All of the counsellors are trained staff and volunteers who all have experience of listening and talking to children who are worried or have concerns.

Helpful advice on railway safety from Network Rail.

 Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

 Bullying UK provides support and confidential advice on how to deal with bullying.

 Net Aware contains lots of useful information about online safety. You can also find a list of games and popular Apps and their recommended user age.