At Lord Deramore’s our aim is that every child feels safe and cared for at all times. We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount
- All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse.
- Working in partnership with children, young people and their parents, carers and other agencies, is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We work under the guidance of the Department for Education. Please see ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges Part One‘ and the school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy, available on our Policies & Key Documents page, for more information.
Child protection is part of safeguarding and refers to the protection given to specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, harm.
James Rourke is the designated teacher for Child Protection with Rachel Carr and Jane Hitchon as joint designated deputy teachers. Sue Perutz is the designated governor for Child Protection. Eleanor Jones is the School Business Manager with responsibility for Health, Safety and Premises.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff at Lord Deramore’s and all the teachers and teaching assistants undergo regular training in Safeguarding, including (but not limited to): Child Protection, Safer Recruitment, First Aid, Prevent (the name given to the training which aims to prevent young children becoming radicalised) and Identifying Children at Risk of FGM and other safeguarding risks.
All staff and governors have completed a ‘Basic Awareness’ qualification in Safeguarding. Our latest annual update training took place in September 2022; this training also includes attendees reading and agreeing to the DFE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education (part 1), the school’s Staff Code of Conduct, and the Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy all of which can be found in the Safeguarding section on our Policies & Key Documents page.
See the Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy – Personal Care, and the Local Authority Guidance on the Management of Continence Development (including ‘intimate care’), both on our Policies & Key Documents page.
Prevent Strategy Information for Parents explains our responsibilities in protecting children from extremist and violent views. It also supports us in promoting and teaching important values such as tolerance, respect and the celebration of diversity.
You can follow this link to read our Prevent Duty Information.
We work hard to ensure that any instances of bullying are dealt with quickly and followed up over time. We care about all the children at our school and work closely with children and families to give every child the best experience.
For more information see our Anti-Bullying Policy on our Policies page.
In our modern world, technology poses certain risks that we want to protect our children against.
For more information see our E-Safety Policy on our Policies page and our e-safety information page for parents and carers.
Should anybody have any concerns regarding the conduct of any adult within our school community, please refer to the school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection, Complaints and Whistleblowing policies which can all be found on out Policies page.
Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools in York, City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police. See Operation Encompass for more information.
CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. CEOP take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.
As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.
Are you being bullied?
CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you’re being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small.