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 Paula Watson
The other Designated person is Julie Usher
The Designated Safeguarding governor is Anne Wake

ThinkUKnow have created a new short video guide, developed in collaboration with The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), to help parents and carers to understand:

  • How in-game chat works;
  • How it might be abused by others, and;
  • What they can do to help keep their children safe whilst using in-game chat


ThinkUKnow have created short videos to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing a new presentation for parents and carers to help with online safety at home.

Despite only launching in 2018, TikTok has enjoyed a dramatic rise to become one of the most popular social media apps on the planet.

Young people, in particular, love its short-form video focus, and it is now one of Generation Z’s favourite tools of expression.

There’s a good chance your child is either using it already or asking to be allowed on it – but what exactly is it, and are there any risks you should be aware of?

To support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, ThinkUKnow.co.uk will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
Together for a better internet



For more sources of advice on staying safe online go to http://www.stjohnsrc.org.uk/internet-safety



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.

Together for a better internet



Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.



For more sources of advice on staying safe online go to http://www.stjohnsrc.org.uk/internet-safety
Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'.



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