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St. John's CE (VA) J&I School

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At St. John’s, the welfare of our children is our main priority.  We have a culture of vigilance where safeguarding is an important part of everyday life and seen as everyone’s responsibility. 


Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Mrs Helen Findlay, Headteacher

Training completed: 18.05.23

Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:

Miss Anne-Marie Hale, Deputy Headteacher

Training completed: 19.01.23

Mrs Lisa Earley, Y4 Teacher

Training completed: 14.07.22

Mrs Anna Hoile, School Business Manager

Training completed 03.02.23


Staff and Governors

All staff and governors have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training. All staff have had Safer Working Practice training. Any staff who have joined the school since the training have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training online.  Staff receive regular safeguarding updates during staff INSET training and staff meetings as well as monthly updates throughout the year.  The DSLs meet regularly to review incidents and to discuss any further actions.

At least one member of the recruitment panel has completed Safer Recruitment in Education training.

All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and DBS details are kept in the Single Central Record in school.

Visitors must sign in using the Inventry system in the main entrance.  They will be given a visitor label to wear at all times on the premises.  Staff must wear their identity badge at all times.

Report Harmful Content


SWGfL Report Harmful Content 

If you've experienced or witnessed harm online we can help. Report Harmful Content can help you to report harmful content online by providing up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms

Continuum of Need


Our safeguarding policy is reviewed annually.  All staff are expected to read and understand the policy as part of their induction process. 

Some useful websites for further support:

Wakefield Families Together website launched to support families


The Wakefield Families Together website has launched, providing one easy place for families in the district to find out more about the people, places, and services on hand to provide early help and support.


Because raising a family can have its difficulties and challenges for anyone, so when you need support, now there’s one easy place you can access information and routes to the help you need.


Whether it’s locating your nearest Family Hub, discovering groups to support you, accessing local activities, or simply understanding the professionals who can provide a pathway to help – the Wakefield Families Together website can support with this.


Access the website at:


Operation Encompass

Mrs Findlay, Miss Hale and Mrs Earley have been trained in Operation Encompass.  This is to ensure all children who experience a domestic abuse incident that has been reported to the police are supported in school the next day.

Domestic Abuse Support

Useful Apps

Safety Posters