Safeguarding

Key information on safeguarding at St Leonard’s.

St Leonard’s Catholic School aims to actively protect and promote the wellbeing of all children. Governors and staff follow safer recruitment practice in checking the suitability of all staff to work with children. The safeguarding of all members of our school community is a constant priority.

To contact us regarding a safeguarding matter, please use the Contact Us section of the website, directing your enquiry to Safeguarding from the drop-down menu.  Additionally, you can view our policies in relation to safeguarding, by visiting our policies page using the link below.

Designated safeguarding and child protection staff

Mrs V. Curry Deputy Head Teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss R. EdgarKey Stage Leader / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs L. RobinsonKey Stage Leader / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs P. WilsonPastoral Support / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S. DixonPastoral Support / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is  Mr J Cunningham 

All members of staff and all Governors have undertaken appropriate training in safeguarding. Members of the Pupil Support Team have received enhanced training to assist them in their central role in the safeguarding of pupils at the school. They work together with all staff to ensure everyone is safe. St Leonard’s Catholic School uses SmoothWall filtering software and SENSO monitoring system to keep children safe online whilst in school.
If a child is concerned about their own wellbeing or that of another pupil, they should talk to someone such as a parent, their tutor or a member of the safeguarding team. Pupils can contact staff in person, online via Teams or by posting a concern in the safeguarding letterbox in school.

If you have concerns regarding any student or member of staff please contact the staff listed above who will be able to deal with any concerns you may have.

If you have a concern and you are unable to contact a member of staff at school or you are not satisfied with our response you can contact Children’s Services directly by calling:

First Contact on 03000 267 979.

First Contact brings together children’s services staff with partners such as Durham Constabulary and health services. First Contact is open from 8.30am until 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am until 4.30pm on a Friday. In an emergency situation, a duty officer is available outside of normal office hours on the telephone number above.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a child, please contact the police by calling 999.

Further information about Safeguarding Children can be found by clicking the link below.

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Updated | 30th January, 2024 |

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