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Keeping Children Safe

Ripon Cathedral School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school.

The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection is the headteacher, Steven Holmes. We have two deputy DSLs, Emma McCormick deputy headteacher and Cat Spencer Senco. Should you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to get in contact. Alternatively, if you have any concerns or want to know how keep children safe, click on these links to the following websites

                     NYSCB                    NSPCC                          CEOP                    Parents Protect

Ripon Cathedral School follows the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.

The senior designated person has undertaken basic child protection training and attended training in inter–agency working (to standards agreed by the NYSCB) and refresher training at least every 2 years. All other school staff, including non teaching staff and school governors, undertake appropriate induction training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively.

The school’s child protection policy is available here.

The school recognises that it is essential to  establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies. We have effective working relationships with the following  agencies:

Integrated Children’s Services, Education Social Work Service, Children’s Social Care, Barnardo’s, Police, Health, District Council,  NSPCC ChildLine Schools’ Service and Children’s Centres.