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:
The Designated Senior Leads are Mrs Lubomski, Mrs Sykes and Mr Douglass.
Our Academy Council member responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Goddard.
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
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.
SHINE at St John's: SUCCESS ~ HONESTY ~ INDEPENDENCE ~ NEIGHBOURLINESS ~ ENJOYMENT
We pride ourselves in providing a safe and happy environment that we know is essential in order that each child can reach their full learning potential.
We have a friendly and purposeful atmosphere within school, where staff and children work hard to achieve their best within a caring community.
Parent feedback comments October 2022
Have a look at what some of our parents have said:
"The open door policy is so reassuring and really makes me comfortable in being able to ring if I have any concerns". "The school works very hard with the children and is excellent at identifying an individual child's needs. They make sure that my child feels happy and secure in coming to school each day". "Strong leadership, caring and nurturing environment". "The staff are all friendly and approachable". "St John's has always had a delightful family feel to it. We have had a lovely 7 years with St John's and our child has grown, developed and blossomed as a result".