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Safeguarding at St. John's C of E

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

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

 (ref. HM Government, 2018, Working together to safeguard children)

St John's Safeguarding and Child Protection

St John's C of E fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.  It aims to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of all children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the School’s work.  In addition, it aims to maintain an ethos whereby staff, pupils, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate.

This Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the School and it is expected that everyone working in or for our School shares the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse and reports any concerns to one of our three Designated Safeguarding Leads. 


Designated Safeguarding Leaders

The Designated Person is the main contact point for any safeguarding issues within the school. The role involves keeping up to date with legislative and administrative changes in procedures; ensuring staff are trained in aspects of safeguarding including child protection protocols; liaising with external agencies such as health and social care professionals; working with the Headteacher and Governors to ensure St John's C of E School is meeting the needs of all children.

Assistant Head Miss Donnelly is St John's C of E School’s Designated Person - our safeguarding lead.

The Head Teacher Mrs Hester and Assistant Heads Mrs Nussbaum and Ms Allen are Deputy Designated Persons and work closely with Miss Donnelly.  All designated teachers have completed Level 3 Safeguarding training with Harrow Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

St John's C of E School also has a Safeguarding Governor, Reverend Matthew Stone who supports the school in matters of strategy, policy and accountability.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of school staff which is why a regular training programme is delivered to everyone at St John's C of E School whether they are teaching staff, admin staff, midday supervisors or after school club providers. All members of staff, including volunteers and after school club providers, have completed either Level 1 or Level 2 Safeguarding training.

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