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St John Fisher Catholic High school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students, and staff at school. All north Yorkshire schools, including St John Fisher, follow the North Yorkshire safeguarding Children Board procedures.

Any concerns are passed through to the member of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ in school in compliance with the ‘sharing of information’ guidance. The school uses CPOMS software for its recording of child protection, safeguarding and pastoral and welfare issues.

Safeguarding Policy 2023



Mrs crichton Crutchley
Mrs Crichton Mrs Crutchley
Designated Safeguarding Lead  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

The following staff are also members of the Designated Safeguarding team.

  • Mr Mort Headteacher
  • Mrs Luke Deputy headteacher
  • Mr Flanagan Deputy headteacher
  • Mrs Joy Assistant head teacher (Head of Upper School)
  • Mr Melville Assistant Director of Sixth Form

The Designated Safeguarding Team responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring procedures to safeguard young people are in place and are updated as appropriate
  • Raising awareness about safeguarding issues to overcome barriers to young people reporting their concerns
  • Helping adults recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to safeguarding concerns
  • Providing help and advice on how to respond to safeguarding concerns about young people and how to respond appropriately.
  • Explaining ways in which adults can raise concerns about unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
  • Addressing specific issues such as photography and images on the internet, supporting performers, physical contact, one-to-one coaching, journeys in cars, conduct on school trips, etc.
  • Providing advice/support to staff, parents, and carers and for confidential discussions about concerns.
  • Co-ordinating arrangements for monitoring of students who have been identified as in need of protection.
  • Making referrals to social care and other external agencies.

If a parent, carer, visitor, or guest has any concerns that a student or family at our school is at risk of harm please contact the school office and request to speak to Mrs Crichton Designated Safeguarding Lead or Mrs Crutchley Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

We value your support in ensuring that our students are safeguarded and that we do everything we can to prevent them from being at risk of harm or significant harm.

The designated staff can offer support, advice and provide guidance with regards to any safeguarding or child protection concerns you may have, and the school have specialist support services within and out of the school to provide care, support and guidance for students if needed.

The school’s Child Protection policy is available on this website. If you require a copy of our Child Protection Policy, please e-mail and a paper copy will be provided.

The following websites may be useful for parents.

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