The safety and wellbeing of all members of the Northallerton School & Sixth Form College community is our primary concern. We are fully committed to ensuring that we meet the highest possible standards in providing an environment where everyone concerned can flourish and feel safe. We constantly review our policies and practice to ensure that we fully meet all safeguarding requirements.
The school adopts the definition used by OFSTED derived from The Children Act, 2004:
- protecting children and young people from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children and young people’s health or development
- ensuring that children and young people are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- undertaking that role so as to enable those children and young people to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
The school recognises that safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes issues for schools such as:
- health and safety
- bullying - Click here to view A Parent's Guide to Bullying
- racist abuse
- harassment and discrimination
- use of physical intervention
- meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- providing first aid
- drug and substance misuse
- educational visits
- intimate care
- internet safety
- issues which may be specific to a local area or population, for example the refuge centre
- school security
- developing appropriate attitudes towards personal safety and wellbeing
- Emphasis is placed on students' views about if they feel safe in school gathered from informal discussion and formal processes, e.g. questionnaires.
- The responsibility for safeguarding extends beyond the school and college gates where students are engaged in activities.
- Safeguarding concerns the effectiveness of the school’s work with services provided, commissioned or brokered by the local authority to promote the safety and health of all learners.
- The governing body is accountable for ensuring that the school has effective policies and procedures in place in accordance with the DFE guidance and monitors the school’s compliance with this.
- Senior and middle leaders are clear about their statutory requirements regarding safeguarding and the steps they are taking to develop good practice beyond the statutory minimum.
- Specified recruitment and vetting checks on intended new appointees, particularly identity and qualification checks, are carried out. There is a full, accurate and up to date single central record of these checks.
- All staff understand that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and know who to contact if they are concerned about a child or young person. They understand their responsibilities in order to achieve positive outcomes, keep children safe and complement the support that other professionals may be providing.
- Students are aware of how they can keep themselves safe and what behaviour towards them is not acceptable. They recognise when pressure from others (including people they know) threatens their personal safety and wellbeing and are helped to develop effective ways of resisting pressure, including knowing when and where to get help.
- The school monitors the provision for and outcomes of all students, including: off site provision, work-based learning, extended services, students with a child protection plan, refugee and asylum seekers, looked after children and excluded students, attendance, exclusions and racist incidents.
- There is a designated person for child protection and a governor with specific responsibility for safeguarding (and for referring on any allegations against the Principal). The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs S Bell with Mrs K Thompson as her deputy.
- There is a child protection policy and procedural document.
- Allegations against staff are dealt with in accordance with NYCC guidance.
- The designated member of staff has undertaken training in inter-agency working to standards agreed by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), and undertakes refresher training at two yearly intervals.
- All staff and other adults who work with students undertake appropriate and up to date training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively, this is kept up to date by refresher training at three-yearly intervals.
- There is a clear reporting system if a student, member of staff, parent or other person has concerns about the safety of children.
- Security arrangements for the grounds and buildings are adequate and reviewed annually.
- There are effective and prompt systems for referring safeguarding concerns about pupils to relevant agencies.
- Attendance is monitored and appropriate action taken as necessary, especially with regard to the most vulnerable.
- Close advisory links and collaboration are maintained with a large number of external agencies and professionals that support safeguarding. The following list is indicative rather than exclusive: Education psychologists: Primary Care Trust; Local Authority (Children’s Services); MENCAP; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. (CAMHS)
- Internet safety advice and guidance for parents and students can be found on our website or our internal intranet site. The school and college’s online filtering system is fully compliant with the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection).
- Risk assessments are carried out whenever appropriate, in line with the relevant guidelines.
Mrs S Bell (Designated Safeguarding Lead) with Mrs K Thompson as her deputy
Safeguarding Organisations and Helplines
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. They can be contacted by: Telephone on (0800) 1111 (free call number)
Website at http://www.childline.org.uk
The NSPCC helps children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.
The NSPCC can be contacted by:
Telephone on 0808 800 5000 (free call number)
Website at http://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nspcc
YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/nspcc
National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)
NYAS provides advocacy and legal services to children and young people in North Yorkshire. NYAS can be contacted:
Telephone on 0808 808 1001 (free call number) (weekdays 9am - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, excluding bank holidays)
Website at https://www.nyas.net/
Email at email@example.com
Parents Protect - We help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation
A website for young people providing free, confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day.
A national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.
Provides free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people under the age of 25.
Click here to view Northallerton School & Sixth Form Safeguarding Policy
For E-Safety links please click here to visit our E-Safety page