Gargrave Road, Skipton, BD23 1PJ
01756 709451

At St. Stephen's School we put the safety of our pupils above all.  Our Safeguarding Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the school.  We aim to:

  • ensure that all children within our school feel safe at all times
  • ensure that all members of our community are safe and feel that they are able to put the welfare of the children first
  • ensure that all adults who have contact with children in school have undergone the necessary safeguarding procedures and are suitable to work and support the children in our care
  • ensure that all adults who have contact with children in school have been appropriately trained
  • all adults undertake their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.

The Designated Senior Leads are Mrs Lubomski, Mrs Sykes and Mr Douglass.


Our Academy Council member responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Clews. 

Other information

North Yorkshire Safeguarding has a lot of useful information.  You may find the links below useful. We have also included links to other organisations that may be useful.  Information on e-safety is on the e-safety page

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board

E-learning course on Preventing Violent Extremism

NYSCB Procedures


Parents Protect

Government webpage on your child's welfare at school


Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Our school is part of Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.

Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children prior to the start of the next school day.

Once a Key Adult (DSL) and their deputies (DDSLs) have attended Operation Encompass Key Adult training they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all other school staff and Governors.

All school staff and Governors can undertake the online training.

Our parents are made aware  we are an Operation Encompass school and we ensure that when a new child joins our school the parents/carers are informed about Operation Encompass.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

As a staff we are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.

When the DSL or DDSLs leave the school and other staff are appointed, they will ensure that all Operation Encompass log in details are shared with the new Head Teacher /Key Adults and that the new member of staff will undertake the Operation Encompass online training.