Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children.
School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of a wider safeguarding system for children. At St John’s School we are committed to the well-being and safety of all our children and we will always adopt a sensitive and caring approach to support them and their families.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
What is Child Protection?
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding at St John’s School
At St John’s School we work to our values to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.
Mrs Gill Maddocks is St John’s School Safeguarding link Academy Councillor and works with the school safeguarding team to support and sustain a safe and child-centred culture across all our school.
St John's Safeguarding Team's Contact Information and Policy
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Dan Hortop
Out of hours Children/Students can seek support via Childline on 0800 1111. The phone call is free and it is a confidential helpline.
If you have a concern about a child
If a child is in immediate danger, call 999. The Police will assess the situation and take the appropriate action to protect the child.
If you are a parent or another adult who has concerns about the safety of one of our children/students, please contact Mr Dan Hortop, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
If the child is not at immediate risk, contact your local child protection services. Their contact details can be found on the website for the local authority the child lives in. Wiltshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub can be contacted on:
Many people worry, “What if I am wrong?” but if we take a child-centred approach to safeguarding, we should all be asking, “What if I am right?” By raising a concern, you could be protecting not just one child, but future children. Whenever you are worried, whether it’s a big or little worry, always tell someone who can help.
In England, the Department for Education is the government sector responsible for all child protection policy. On a local level, local safeguarding partners such as the police, the local authority and designated safeguarding groups are in charge of managing any complaints or issues and ensuring that the principles of the Children Act are upheld.