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Safeguarding At St. John’s

At St. John’s nothing is more important than the safety of the children. All staff, governors, volunteers and our community have a responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of our children.

As a school we are committed to safeguarding all our pupils and promoting their welfare, this means:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

To this end we have a clear and well understood safeguarding policy in place available on our policies page. We have a child-centered approach and will always act in the best interests of each child. St. John’s Primary School is clear that radicalisation and extremism should be viewed as a safeguarding concern and that staff and governors have explicit responsibilities to safeguard children from the risk of being influenced by extremist groups.

All staff are alert to the potential dangers of institutional complacency and/or suspended professional disbelief – ‘it could not happen here’.

If we have any concerns about your child’s welfare we will discuss it with you. If we ever have any child protection concerns we will inform you prior to making a referral to an external agency, unless we feel that doing so may put a child at greater risk. We want to work with you to ensure your child’s safety and to help each family to get the support it needs.

Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Raising Concerns, Getting Help

Are You Concerned about a Child?

If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child then please contact the school and ask for:

  • The Head Teacher and Designated Child Protection Officer (DCPO): Mr Justin Hoye
  • The LRR Deputy and Deputy DCPO: Mrs Ali Vining
  • The WR Deputy and Deputy DCPO: Mr Tony Weir

However, you can talk to any member of staff and they will guide you in how to proceed.

We also have a governor responsible for safeguarding who can be contacted via email or ask at the school office.

  • Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Caroline Davenport

Alternatively, you may ring the local authority First Response Team on 0117 9036444 or via this link:

The NSPCC also offer a free (from a landline) 24 hour helpline number: 0800 800 5000

For non-emergency serious concerns you could ring the Police on 101

In an EMERGENCY you should always ring 999

Do you need help and support?

If you are a child and worried about something then it is good to talk to an adult in school who you trust. You might be worried about growing up, bullying, problems with your family or at school; whatever it is, there is always someone at school you can talk to. You could also talk to Childline, they offer advice and you don’t have to tell them who you are. The telephone call is free from a landline, just dial 0800 1111 or go to their website; there’s also a helpful video below.

For parents/carers, firstly please come and talk to us. Sharing a concern or a difficulty you, your child or your family are having is really important. If anything is happening that may affect your child then it is essential that someone at school knows so we can support them effectively. We can often put you in touch with organisations that can help, alternatively you can ring First Response or any of the numbers above yourself.

Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Online Safety

Welcome to our page dedicated to online safety.

Here you will find a link to the ‘Parent Info’ website, which has current articles to help support you through parenting in this digital age. This website is updated regularly so is able to give you up-to-date advice.

We also have the handout from our last online safety meeting which contains many links to other websites to give you information for specific needs such as setting parent controls on devices.

We will continue to update this page with information to help support you and your children so come back often to see what new information there is. If you would like to talk to someone in school about an online safety issue then please talk either to your child’s class teacher or come to see myself, Mrs Hood (Hawks Class teacher and online safety lead teacher).

Kind regards,

Mrs Hood

Parents’ guide for the use of a ‘What’s app’ school/class group

If you are unsure of the etiquette of being a part of a ‘What’s app’ class group then have a look at our helpful guide underneath.

Parents’ guide for the use of a ‘What’s app’ school/class group


Acceptable Use Policy – Infant Pupils to sign

Acceptable Use Policy – Junior Pupils to sign

Parent Info

Visit the Parent Info website for support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations:

ParentInfo From CEOP And The Parent Zone

Keeping your child safer out of school:

Child Protection Leaflet (June 2018)

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