St John’s School and Sixth Form College
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 Paula Watson
The other Designated person is Julie Usher
The Designated Safeguarding governor is Anne Wake
Freedom of information: publication scheme
All public authorities, including schools, are required under the Freedom of Information Act to adopt a publication scheme that has been approved by the Information Commissioner.
There is currently one approved model publication scheme, which has been produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Schools must adopt the ICO’s model scheme and make it publicly available. The scheme is available via the link below and the information covered by the scheme is available on this website.