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Keeping Children Safe

 Safeguarding Statement

Ripon Cathedral School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Ripon Cathedral School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures. The school will, normally, 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 school’s child protection policy is available publicly via the school’s website 

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 three deputy DSLs, Beth Linkins deputy headteacher, Cat Spencer Senco and Liz Roberts Early Years leader. Should you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to get in contact. 

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.

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 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:

Education Social Care, Early Help,  Barnardo’s, Police, Operation Encompass, Health, District Council,  NSPCC ChildLine Schools’ Service and Children’s Centres.

Operation Encompass

North Yorkshire Police ensure we have timely information about all police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. The aim of Operation Encompass is also to enable staff in every school to understand how to support children who are experiencing domestic abuse, so that every child experiencing domestic abuse receives timely support at school.