The Joseph Rowntree School





Everyone who works with children and young people has a responsibility for safeguarding and acting to ensure that they receive the right support at the right time.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment.
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development.
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome.

(Working Together to Safeguard Children, HM Government, 2015)

The Joseph Rowntree School is committed to protecting the mental and physical health of children through safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. The viewpoints and voice of students is of paramount importance to our school and we always listen to their wishes, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying and supporting their needs. All Joseph Rowntree staff work to identify children who would benefit from Early Help processes and where possible, we will identify any difficulties or concerns early in order to act preventatively. We will also provide support and advice for parents/carers whilst acting in the best interests of the students at all times.

This work is is fully incorporated into the Joseph Rowntree School ethos and is underpinned by the teaching of the curriculum, within Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education and Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and within the safety of the physical environment provided for students.

Everyone working in or for our school service shares a commitment  to help keep children and young people safe by ensuring that:

  • We provide a safe environment for children and young people
  • We identify children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in our school setting
  • We share information with other agencies and services to ensure that students, children and their families have support to meet their needs and prevent children and students from harm
  • Taking immediate action and contacting the appropriate agencies when we believe that a student or child is in danger or is at risk of harm
  • All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
  • All staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues
  • We maintain a secure site and that all visitors to the school are recorded and monitored.
  • Safer recruitment practices are followed to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our students
  • All students understand the importance of e-safety both at school and at home
  • We empower young people to identify risks both within school and in their community the skills and confidence to protect themselves and others
  •  All students understand the importance of disclosing concerns about themselves and peers, and giving them the confidence to discuss sensitive issues

If you have any concerns about E-Safety, you can report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Walker by emailing


Safeguarding / Welfare Concerns

Anyone with any concerns about the welfare of a student MUST report it to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, or if he is not available, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, as soon as possible by calling 01904 552100 or emailing 

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Paul Walker, Deputy Head
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mr Andrew Haigh, Deputy Head

Specific support can also be provided in school by:

Attendance - Mrs Brabbs
Year 7 - Mrs Dale (Progress Leader) and Mrs Cambridge (Pastoral Manager)
Year 8 - Mr Day (Progress Leader) and Mrs Blacker (Pastoral Manager)
Year 9 - Mr Middleton (Progress Leader) and Mrs Crotty (Pastoral Manager)
Year 10 - Mr Kirwan (Progress Leader) and Mr Decaro (Pastoral Manager)
Year 11 - Miss Shepherd (Progress Leader) and Mrs Foster (Pastoral Manager)
Year 12/13 - Mr Coleman (Head of Sixth Form)


Concerned about a Child or Young Person

If however, you are not happy with the actions of those in school responsible for Safeguarding or you cannot contact anyone please contact York’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH is a multi-agency single point of contact for all concerns about children and to make sure that children receive the right level of support) directly yourself for guidance on 01904 551900:
•    if you know of a child who may become vulnerable without additional help and support
•    if you are worried a child or young person is at risk of, or is being, hurt or abused
•    if you want to know about services available to support children and families
For more information on MASH visit: and

Below you will find useful websites and links

1. Keeping Children Safe in Education:

2. City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership – Concerns about a Child or Young person and contacting social care:

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