SAFEGUARDING

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

Our Commitment

The Good Shepherd Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that all our recruitment and employment practices reflect this commitment.

 

At St John's C of E Primary School, the safety and wellbeing of every child in our care is our absolute priority. All our staff, pupils, parents, LGC members, Trust directors, visitors and third party professionals are expected to share this view, promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

 

We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them 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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONCERNS

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community. 

 

Designated Safeguarding Leads

 

The term “Designated Safeguarding Lead” (DSL) is used in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document and refers to the person accountable for overseeing the safety and wellbeing of the children in the care of their setting. The role of the DSL must be fulfilled by a member of the schools senior leadership team to ensure that they have appropriate authority and status to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters.

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Jacky Fyson

 

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Susi Hames

Mrs Faye Howitt

Mr Owen Smith

 

Our nominated Safeguarding Director (MAT) is: 

Amanda Johnston

 

Click here for the GST safeguarding page

 

Our designated teacher for looked after children is:

Mrs Susi Hames

 

Our designated Safeguarding local governing committee member is: 

Miss Helen Burnett

 

If you have a concern about a child, please contact a DSL. If your concern is about an adult working or volunteering in the school, you should contact the Headteacher. If your concern is about the Headteacher, you should contact the Trust Board Chair.

All school DSLs are contactable via: dsl@stjohnsdorking.uk or via the raise a concern button on the bottom of this webpage.

Alternatively, you can contact Surrey Children's Services directly:

Office hours -  0300 470 9100 

Out of hours – 01483517898 

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - 0300 123 1650 

If you are not sure who to contact, please view document below under Safeguarding policies: 

Concerns Contact Details

 

Please view the document below if you have a concern about a child or adult and are not sure who to contact.

 

At St John’s we take safeguarding and child protection very seriously.  We have a number of policies and procedures that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Key policies can be viewed below and others in the policy area and e-safety area

If you would like to see the Trusts safeguarding information, please click here. Further information on our roles and responsibilities and those of the LGC can be found on our Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities document below under our safeguarding policies.

 

DBS Filtering

Information on DBS filtering and where employees and potential candidates can obtain independent advice on this matter, can be found on the Vacancies and Volunteering page.

 

Useful Documents:

Keeping children safe in education

Mental health and behaviour in schools

Children missing education

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

Working together to safeguard children

What to do if you're worried about a child

 

Useful websites:

Surrey Safeguarding Partnership

Report child abuse to your local council

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Smoking in vehicles

Department of Education: Tackling Child Abuse Together 

Think u Know (Parent e-safety information)

Useful telephone numbers:

Dedicated NSPCC helpline 0800 136 663 to support victims of Sexual and Peer on Peer Abuse


The new helpline will provide both children and adults who are potential victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals too.

​DfE website regarding the behaviour policy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools

Safeguarding policies