It is the responsibility of a school to ensure that its students are kept safe both inside and outside of school. We have adopted the North Yorkshire Child Protection Policy, which outlines key information and procedures for staff, parents/carers and students. This policy is available in the policies section of our website. All staff receive child protection training on joining the school and then receive regular updates and further training to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfil their responsibilities. Students are told very clearly who the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is and they area aware that they can talk to their form tutor, Head of Year or Head of School if they are worried or concerned about themselves or a friend. This is done via assemblies at the start of the year and students receive reminders throughout the year.
Our Child Protection Team is:-
- Mr A Rickard, Head of Upper School/Assistant Headteacher: Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs R Elliott, SENCO: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Miss B Simpson, Home School Support Worker: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr G Pentland, Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Headteacher : Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Should you have a concern about the welfare of a young person, you can access support by contacting the Designated Safeguarding Lead in the first instance or a member of the Child Protection team. Alternatively, you may wish to speak to the young person’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or Head of School who will contact the Child Protection Team, if appropriate.
During periods of school closure, such as school holidays, you should contact North Yorkshire County Council whose details are given below.
If you are worried about a child or a young person under the age of 18, you should contact the Children and Young People’s Service through the Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST). If your concern is outside of normal office hours, you should contact the emergency duty team.
Children and Young People’s Service through the Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST)
During Office Hours
By Phone: 01609 780780
Outside Office Hours
Emergency Duty Team (for evenings, weekends and bank holidays): 01609 780780
Further details can be found at the following address:
In an emergency, always ring 999.
You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.
NYCC Customer Services
0808 800 5000
116 123 or 08457 90 90 90
0800 008 7452
07520 631168 (text service)
Mental Health help
School Inclusion Unit
Support which is available in our Inclusion Unit
Keeping Your Child Safe
Parents/carers and schools need to work together to keep children safe. Below are links to websites which provide parents/carers with useful information.
The following websites provide support for young people who may need it for a variety of reasons:
Parents may be aware of recent reports in the media regarding “Momo”. Please see below a link with some information that you may find useful:-