St Leonard’s Catholic School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all members of the school community. We believe that pupils, students and staff have a right to learn and work in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse.
All staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil, student or colleague in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. St Leonard’s Catholic School adheres to the Durham Local Authority Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures. The school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection and Safer Recruitment policies are available on request from the Head Teacher’s office or can be viewed on the school website.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is:
St Leonard’s Catholic School aims to always follow safer recruitment practice in checking the suitability of all staff to work with children. The Governors and staff work hard to raise awareness of child protection issues, as well as equipping children with the life skills needed to help keep them safe.
The designated staff for Safeguarding and Child Protection are:
|Mr D. P. Murray||Deputy Head Teacher / Designated Person|
|Mrs S. Etherington||Assistant Head Teacher / Designated Person|
The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is: Mrs M. Harrison
All members of staff and all Governors have undertaken appropriate training in Safeguarding. The Heads of Year have received enhanced training to assist them in their central role in the safeguarding of pupils at the school.
They will then work together with other people to address the problems and ensure everyone is safe.
If your child is ever concerned about their own safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent, a member of staff at school, Tutor, Head of Year.
If you have any concerns regarding any student or member of staff please contact the staff listed above who will be able to deal with any concerns you may have.
If you have a concern and you are unable to contact a member of staff at school or you are not satisfied with our response you can contact Children’s Services directly by calling:
First Contact on 03000 267 979.
First Contact brings together children’s services staff with partners such as Durham Constabulary and health services. First Contact is open from 8.30am until 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am until 4.30pm on a Friday. In an emergency situation, a duty officer is available outside of normal office hours on the telephone number above. If faxing or emailing outside of normal working office hours, please be aware that these enquiries will be dealt with on the next working day.
When you contact First Contact, you will speak to a trained officer. First Contact will work with you to decide the level of response needed. They will start an Early Help Assessment to inform what happens next, which may be:
Further information about Safeguarding Children can be found at www.durham-lscb.org.uk
E-safety encompasses not only internet technologies, but also electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology. It provides safeguards and raises awareness to enable users to control their online experiences.
As in any other area of life, children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to danger – knowingly or unknowingly – when using the internet and other digital technologies.
Examples of e-safety issues include:
The original aims of the Every Child Matters outcome ‘Staying Safe’ were written with the ‘real’ world in mind. They aim to protect children and young people from:
These aims are still relevant today and try to ensure that children or young people have security, stability and are well cared for.
Policies and practices: We have highly effective policies and practices to protect and inform our pupils and their parents to maximise the opportunities from technology and to minimise the potential negative impact of technologies. Account is taken of e-safety in the following policies, resources and guidance:
Infrastructure and technology: Infrastructure and technology has a key role to play in helping to protect our young people. Tools are available which can automate the process of monitoring and recording the majority of internet activity. The management of these tools must be purposeful and effective and support policy and practice.
Education and training: All staff dealing directly with children and pupils have a role to play in making sure young people are educated to become responsible e-citizens. Our staff are aware of the risks facing young people and are provided with a range of strategies to enable them to teach and promote responsible use of technologies. Our Pastoral Programmes are designed to cover aspects of E-Safety and ‘safe surfing’ is a central part of ICT and Computing lessons. The School also holds an annual E-Safety week for raising awareness amongst pupils and parents.
Review and develop: We regularly review and evaluate our provision for e-safety education. In addition the school also regularly reviews policy and strategies, as well as ensuring that all staff are up to date with the latest developments and resources.
Mrs C. McKelvie (Head of Year) is a trained CEOP Ambassador. Mrs McKelvie coordinates the PSHE approach to E-Safety and our annual E-Safety Week.
For more information about staying safe online or to report behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable you might want to visit:
These websites provide up to date information and resources for both parents and pupils.
Any Safeguarding concerns about online activity should be reported to:
All schools are subject to a duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
In accordance with current legislation the Governors have put in place the following across the school:
If you are worried that you or one of your friends is at risk of being radicalised (radicalisation means people having increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals), you need to speak to your teachers immediately. This could be other pupils having conversations with groups or individuals connected to extremism or looking at extremist materials on the internet. It could also be students having conversations around school that make you feel worried that they could be being drawn into dangerous situations or that their ideas are shifting away from what is normal.
If a member of staff in a school has a concern about a particular pupil they should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead. You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice.
The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and Governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly.
Concerns can also be raised by email to email@example.com
Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal emergency procedures should be followed.
St Leonard’s Catholic School is working with other professionals, coordinated by One Point, Durham to offer pupils and their families ‘Team Around the School’ support. A TAS support worker is part of our ‘Team Around the School’ and these workers can provide early help to improve our pupils’ education. The team can work with pupils in Years 7-11.
Our ‘Team Around the School’ is made up of a range of lead professionals.
The allocated TAS worker can provide a link between the team and the family, working directly with parents who have concerns about how their son/daughter is engaging in school life. They can also offer one to one support for a pupil in school helping to identify and remove any barriers that may prevent them from having a positive school experience. The TAS worker also works alongside a lead professional to deliver group work activities to develop the pupil’s social and emotional skills in a safe environment.
First Contact Service: If you have a concern, need some help, advice or information, please contact the First Contact Service on 03000 26 79 79. The First Contact Service will agree with you the most appropriate next steps to support you and your family. They will talk through the support that the Team Around the School can offer you and/or your son/daughter.
One Point Service: If you are already being supported by a member of staff from the One Point Service, or you would like further information about the Team Around the School you can contact One Point directly on 03000 261 111. For support advice and a range of activities for children, young people and families visit www.durham.gov.uk/onepoint
Further information about our Team Around the School is also available from your son/daughter’s Head of Year you can contact them on 0191 3848575 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org