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South Stanley Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils and we expect all staff and visitors to share our commitment.  We believe that all pupils have the right to be happy and safe to learn in a secure, nurturing environment. It is the responsibility of everyone to make sure this happens.

All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, race, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm and free from abuse.

All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in line with school and LA safeguarding policy.


Staff Responsibility

All staff are responsible for safeguarding pupils and receive appropriate training.

Any and all concerns, however small,  should be reported to the school designated officers for safeguarding who are:

  • Mrs R Bell, Headteacher and Mental Health First Aid for pupils

  • Mr D Forster, Deputy Headteacher

  • Mrs H Thomas

  • Proff David Wooff (Chair of Governors) is our Governor responsible for safeguarding.

Any concerns about the Headteacher should be reported to Mr. M. Stewart,  CEO of Stanley Learning Partnership (01207 266700)

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Everyone at South Stanley Junior School cares about your wellbeing, safety and happiness. You can speak to any staff about anything that is worrying you. However, there are three staff that have the special job of keeping you safe:


Our Governor with responsibility for safeguarding is: Professor Wooff. If you have a concern about a child or young person's welfare who lives in County Durham, call First Contact on 03000 267 979.

Areas of Safeguarding

Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:

  • Recruitment – ensuring safer recruitment of new staff;

  • Staff & Visitors – ensuring they are vetted, informed and trained in all areas of child protection and safeguarding;

  • Behaviour & Safety – including anti-bullying, e safety and promoting safe, happy behaviour and lifestyle;

  • Curriculum – equipping children with the skills and attitudes to enjoy life and play an active part in society whilst keeping themselves safe;

  • Premises – ensuring the school environment is secure, safe and fit for purpose;

  • Outside school – promoting safe activities and communities;

  • Prevent- protecting vulnerable pupils from possible radicalisation or extremism

  • Child sexual exploitation;

  • FGM

  • Peer on peer abuse


Recruitment and Training

All staff are recruited in line with Safer Recruitment policy and practice. The Headteacher and at least one governor have received Safer Recruitment training. All appointments are subject to receipt of satisfactory DBS checks and references.

Staff receive regular training in safeguarding and child protection. Designated safeguarding officers have regular and appropriate training.

Information Sharing

We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:

  • emergency contact numbers;

  • the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;

  • the child’s special health requirements;

  • information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.

Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.


We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

In order to keep children safe we may sometimes share information with other professionals. This is always done in line our Keeping Children Safe in School policy that can be downloaded from our School Policies section of the website: School Policies

Links with External Agencies


Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.

We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.


Reporting Concerns or Complaints

Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.

School concerns should be raised in the following order.

  1. To the Class Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;

  2. To the Head Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;

  3. To the CEO of Stanley Learning Partnership.

To contact your child’s class teacher, Head teacher or Chair of Governors please telephone our Main Office in the first instance on (01207) 232059. Mrs Bell (head teacher) is also a qualified mental health first aider for pupils in school.

To contact Mr Tom Harpe, Chair of Members and Trustees of Stanley Learning Partnership please call (01207) 266700.  Alternatively you may wish to contact Mr Mark Stewart of Stanley Learning Partnership on (01207) 266702.

Whilst South Stanley Junior School is not a maintained school, should you wish to contact your Local Authority please call 03000 26 0000.

To view our Complaints Policy please click here: School Policies

Everyone has a responsibility to help protect children. If you have any concerns for the welfare of a child you can report these to the Local Authority Child Protection Team on 03000 26 79 79. If you believe a child is in immediate danger you should contact the police on 999.

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