Safeguarding and Internet Safety

St John's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Child Protection & Safeguarding
Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue and it raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. We will do everything we can support our students and you can be assured that any action we take will be in the best interests of your child.
Parents/carers should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its students.In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Durham Local Safeguarding Children's Board procedures and contact First Contact (Children's Services Social Care ) and the Police if appropriate of their concerns.

The Designated Lead Child Protection Person is Julie Mackenley
The other Designated persons are Julie Usher and Paula Watson
The Designated Safeguarding governor is Bob Hall
Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'.



Technology is having a huge impact on education and children now have access to many web based resources and comprehensive educational apps in the palm of their hand. It is fundamental that we support children in the safe use of digital technologies. It is important that we too are up to speed with the social networking trends and latest websites.

Today alongside the Parent Zone we launch ParentInfo, bringing together expert, up-to-date content aimed at parents and carers for schools to host on their own websites.

You can sign up for the service at ParentInfo.org and start hosting information for parents and carers on your website today!

What is ParentInfo?

We're delighted to announce the launch of 'Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know'. This is a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to help keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images.

The films aim to help parents and carers:

·         Understand young people's motivations for sending nude selfies.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using technology. Whether on social media sites, through a mobile phone, or gaming sites, the effects can be devastating for the young person involved. There are ways to help prevent a child from being cyberbullied and to help them cope and stop the bullying if it does happen.

Technology is having a huge impact on education and children now have access to many web based resources and comprehensive educational apps in the palm of their hand. It is fundamental that we support children in the safe use of digital technologies. It is important that we too are up to speed with the social networking trends and latest websites.

Technology is having a huge impact on education and children now have access to many web based resources and comprehensive educational apps in the palm of their hand. It is fundamental that we support children in the safe use of digital technologies. It is important that we too are up to speed with the social networking trends and latest websites. The Vodafone Digital Parenting special edition will help you to understand some of the issues facing students today.

Facebook have announced that they are rolling out the new Graph Search feature in the UK.

In the lead up to Christmas some parents will be purchasing many digital and web enabled devices. It is essential that parents are aware of the full potential of the device, many of which can be used as an educational tool, and also to be aware of the risks that may arise. The following web link provides some very useful information : A Parents' Guide to Technology.

Some useful e-safety resources