Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2003

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‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.’

Keeping Children Safe in Education

At All Saints RC School the safeguarding of our students is paramount. We pride ourselves on being a school that provides a safe environment in which children can be happy and thrive academically, socially and spiritually. As a Catholic Community, we encourage our students and staff to care for one another and promote a culture where all members of the community feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

We follow the DfE guidance from:

Anyone with any concerns about the welfare of a student MUST report it to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, or if she is not available her deputy, as soon as possible by calling 01904 647877. 

Safeguarding Lead Mrs Sandwell (JSA)

Deputy Safeguarding Lead Miss Low (KLO)

Specific support can also be provided in school by:

  • Miss L Bateson Attendance Lead KS4
  • Year 7 – Mr C McNeill – Pastoral Lead
  • Year 8 – Mrs D Glew – Pastoral Leads
  • Year 9 – Mr C Brown – Pastoral Lead and KS2 transition coordinator
  • Mr D Gibson – Head of Key Stage 3
  • Year 10 and 11 – Mrs R Gilroy,  Mrs J Bainbridge and Mrs M Kennedy – Pastoral Leads
  • Mr A Devanney – Assistant Head – KS4
  • Year 12 and 13 – Miss E Garner, Mrs A Kelman – Pastoral Lead
  • Mr D Tait – Head of KS5
  • Mrs S Bilton –  Assistant Head –  Sixth Form

Out of school hours or in the unlikely event that you cannot speak to someone in school please contact York’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH is a multi-agency single point of contact for all concerns about children and to make sure that children receive the right level of support) directly yourself for guidance on 01904 551900. For more information on MASH visit:

How do we keep our students safe? 

Safeguarding has the highest priority at All Saints RC School. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Students and staff are regularly reminded about safeguarding processes and procedures.  We undertake regular self review to ensure there is no complaicancy.

Our Governing Body

Our governing body ensures we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (Jo Sandwell) and a Deputy (Katie Low) are well trained and capable of fulfilling the role.

A Safeguarding Report is produced on an annual basis. The link Governor for Safeguarding is Angela McDermatroe.


We work in line with a number of school policies that contribute to our ethos and culture of safeguarding.  You can find our Policies here. All staff have access to our Staff Intranet, which includes information on all aspects of the school including, staff code of conduct and safeguarding.

School Site Security

We keep the school safe and secure by:

  • Entrance to the building – all entrances of school have either locks on doors or members of staff to supervise them.
  • We ask that ALL visitors report to main school reception.
  • All visitors to the school must sign in at main school reception. At this stage they will be issued with a lanyard. If you have provided a valid DBS and it is suitable you will allowed to move around the school unsupervised, otherwise you will be escorted everywhere.
  • We regularly remind all staff and students that they have a responsibility to either challenge or inform the nearest member of staff of anyone in the school without a lanyard or following our rules regarding lanyards.

Further details on the above can be provided when visiting our school.

Safe Recruitment Procedures

This includes all aspects of the schools:

  • Procedures
  • Single Central Register
  • Training


This includes training for:

  • All staff, including induction, ongoing and annual training
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Governors
  • Agency staff and volunteers
  • Students

Every member of staff completes the following training:

  • Safeguarding and Child protection
  • Prevent

Visitors and volunteers

All our visitors and volunteers must follow our procedures in order to help safeguard our students. The key points are:

  • No visitor in the school who has not got an updated DBS is left alone at any point.
  • All content delivered by external speakers is checked before delivery.
  • Contractors all follow our DBS checks to ensure they are safe to work in a school
  • Inter-agency working/Early Help

The school is committed to working with other agencies to ensure the safety and welfare of our students.

  • We contribute to inter-agency working in line with statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguarding Children.
  • We will share information with agencies to protect our students following the guidance provided by the Data Protection Act

Operation Encompass

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in York and North Yorkshire. This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and, when an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following Monday.

For more information please visit:


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