St Leonard’s Catholic School aims to always follow safer recruitment practice in checking the suitability of all staff to work with children. The Governors and staff work hard to raise awareness of child protection issues, as well as equipping children with the life skills needed to help keep them safe.
Please click here to view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
To contact us regarding a safeguarding matter please click here to send a message using the
Safeguarding Contact Form.
The designated staff for Safeguarding and Child Protection are:
|Mrs V. Curry||Assistant Head Teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Miss R. Edgar||Key Stage Leader / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Mrs S. Storey||Head of Year Teacher / Deputy Safeguarding Lead|
|Mr M. Hughes||Head of Year Teacher / Deputy 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. The Heads of Year have received enhanced training to assist them in their central role in the safeguarding of pupils at the school.
They will then work together with other people to address the problems and ensure everyone is safe.
If your child is ever concerned about their own safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent, a member of staff at school, Tutor, Head of Year.
If you have any 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 faxing or emailing outside of normal working office hours, please be aware that these enquiries will be dealt with on the next working day.
When you contact First Contact, you will speak to a trained officer. First Contact will work with you to decide the level of response needed. They will start an Early Help Assessment to inform what happens next, which may be:
Further information about Safeguarding Children can be found at Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership
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