Child Protection and Safeguarding are the responsibilities of all permanent members of staff, temporary staff, supply or peripatetic staff, volunteers and anyone else coming into contact with children through the school.

The Safeguarding Team

SafeguardingNameJob Title
Designated Safeguarding
Lead (DSL)
Mrs K BoddiceAssistant Headteacher
Student Welfare and
Personal Development
Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Miss L BywaterHealth and Wellbeing
Safeguarding Team MemberMrs Z SurgeyBehaviour and Safeguarding
Safeguarding Team MemberMrs N SmithAttendance Officer
Safeguarding Team MemberRachel RoseLay Chaplain
Safeguarding Team MemberMrs M TaddeoFamily Support Worker

Safeguarding Board

The school’s Safeguarding Board (the DSL and all DDSLs) meets weekly to review procedures, review current cases and identify any children at risk and to decide on the action required to keep children safe in school. The Safeguarding Board also reviews recent cases and how they were handled in an attempt to ensure that the most effective practices are adhered to.

Our policies and procedures relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding can be found in the policies section of this website.

Safeguarding and Child Protection considerations underpin everything that is done in the name of Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy. Our actions and protocols are set within the context of the School’s Mission Statement and as such staff will maintain the caring ethos of the school and uphold Gospel values.

Our protocols, which are reviewed and approved by the Governing Body annually as part of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, apply to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. Our protocols have six strands:

  1. Raising awareness of child protection issues with staff and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe
  2. Ensuring we practice safer recruitment by checking the suitability of prospective staff and volunteers to work with children
  3. Training and supporting our staff to equip them to appropriately recognise, respond to and support children who are vulnerable and may be in need of safeguarding
  4. Implement and review regularly, in the light of experience, our procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
  5. Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan
  6. Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop

Support for Students is available within school including:

  • Tutors/Teachers/Support Staff who all receive annual safeguarding and child protection training
  • Year Leaders as part of their monitoring role
  • The Oasis Team where peer support is available
  • Our Lay Chaplain who sees students by appointment and from referral
  • Prefects who receive training on how to identify students who may be vulnerable

Outside Agencies:

  • Derbyshire Police – A PCSO visits school approximately every 6 weeks to liaise and talk to the students and staff. They can be contacted by phoning 0345 123 33334

Other Agencies which offer students support outside of school are as follows:

Childline: 0800 1111
Faith in Families: 0115 9558811
Safe Speak: 01332 349301
Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board:
Get Safe Online:

If you are a student and want to report Child on Child abuse, click on the Report It image below and complete the form

CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a  report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.


If you have any safeguarding concerns about any of our students, YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT

Call us on 0115 932 2985 or email us using the button below.

If you are a student who wants to contact the safeguarding team, email us, using the button below

Additional Policies