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St Columba's College, Portaferry

Child Protection

Our Designated Teacher for Child Protection is Mrs Dumigan.

Our Deputy Designated Teacher for Child protection is Mr Hay. 

All pupils are aware of the information below. This is displayed prominently throughout the College:

 Care in School

Do you need to talk?

 Do you have something important to talk to staff about?

Are you worried about something that is happening to you or to someone that you know?

Do you need help or do you know how to get help?

REMEMBER: the school staff are here to listen and to help. They will try to do what they can.

The school also has a counselling service (details from Mrs Dumigan).

The Designated Teachers in the school who you can talk to are Mrs Dumigan and Mr Hay or you can talk to any member of staff.

If you are worried about telling things in confidence tell a member of staff whom you feel you can trust. If they are concerned about your safety, they made need to share this concern with others, but you will always be informed first.

If you are still unsure about talking to a member of staff, you can telephone:

Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0800 800 500

These calls are free and they do not show up on your telephone bill. There are people who will help you work out what to do next. Other numbers to consider:

NSPCC Belfast 028 90 352253

Northern Ireland Childline Belfast 028 90 327773

PSNI Care Unit Newtownards 028 90 650222

Relate Teen Northern Ireland 028 90 323454

The Samaritans 028 90 664422 or 0845 7909090


Designated Teacher in Charge of Child Protection

Mrs Kathleen Dumigan
Mrs Kathleen Dumigan

Deputy Designated Teacher in Charge of Child Protection

Mr  James Hay
Mr James Hay