All stakeholders at Ruswarp are firmly committed to safeguarding our school children and families. Staff engage in regular safeguarding training in order to ensure our children and families are well supported and protected from harm.
Our approach to safeguarding is underpinned by our commitment as a Church school to ensure that our school community are encouraged to 'Think for Yourself and Act for Others'.
The Headteacher, Helen Houghton, is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Lorna Brown is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Victoria Smith is the school's safeguarding governor.
We work closely with families and other agencies to ensure the safeguarding of children. Underpinning our work is a collection of safeguarding policies and procedures. These policies form part of our statutory duties to safeguard all children. They have been updated to reflect the latest national guidance for safeguarding, as detailed in "Keeping Children Safe in Education" (2021).
Please click the links below to view our policies and procedures and useful links for support.
Early Help is not a designated team; it is the way that everyone works together to support the needs of families.
The aim of Early Help is to build on people’s capacity and resources to manage their own dilemmas, resolve their own difficulties and prevent further problems in the future. Early Help is the response offered by all services in North Yorkshire who are in contact with children, young people and families when an unmet need is identified as outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button. Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. See link below.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.