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 R. Hutchinson||Assistant Head Teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Mrs S. Storey||Head of Year Teacher / Deputy Safeguarding Lead KS3|
|Mr J. Coon||Head of Year Teacher / Deputy Safeguarding Lead KS4|
|Mr Q. Hughes||Head of Sixth Form / Deputy Safeguarding Lead KS5|
Further information about Safeguarding Children can be found at www.durham-lscb.org.uk
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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