Safeguarding & Child Protection in School

We take the health and wellbeing of our students very seriously. We are proud that safeguarding has a high profile at George Stephenson High School and our everyday practices support our commitment to keeping our students safe.

All of our staff receive regular Safeguarding training to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge to spot concerns and are aware of how to report these if appropriate. We will not promise confidentiality to any young person and, where possible, we will always share concerns with parents so that we can work closely to address the problem or issue.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tracey Anderson (Deputy Headteacher) and support comes from her Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Stephen Jarvie (Guidance Manager), the other Guidance managers in school, and our two Family Liaison Workers, Sarah Graham and Alison Miller. The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Peter Latham (Chair of Governors).

If you are concerned about your child or another young person you can contact Mrs Anderson or Mr Jarvie at school.

Child Protection in school: Guidance for parents and carers [Click here]

The current Child Protection Policy is under review to be ratified by governors and circulated in November 2017. 

The key changes will be:

  • Dates, contents pages, page numbers etc. all updated.
  • Minor updates (mainly regarding names of services, contacts, links etc.) - NSPCC whistleblowing helpline, staff code of conduct guidance, Annex A of KCSE, safeguarding adults contacts, locality hubs, meetings). 
  • Additions re. DBS checks, EEA checks, prohibitions checks.
  • Reference added to the Single Central Record Guidance Handbook – which will be available from September 2017.
  • Staff training re. validation, governors training and service providers based on the school site.
  • Reference to the need for peer to peer abuse policy and sexting advice.
  • Reference documents merged and reordered for better flow and references updated.

Child Protection Policy [Click here]