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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College

    Child Protection

    Safeguarding

    It is the responsibility of a school to ensure that its students are kept safe both inside and outside of school. We have adopted the North Yorkshire Child Protection Policy, which outlines key information and procedures for staff, parents/carers and students. This policy is available in the policies section of our website. All staff receive child protection training on joining the school and then receive regular updates and further training to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfil their responsibilities. Our Child Protection team is:

    • Mrs J Dickinson, Assistant Headteacher: Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • Mrs R Elliott. SENCO: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • Mr A Rickard, Head of Upper School: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • Miss B Simpson, Home School Support Worker: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

    Should you have a concern about the welfare of a young person, you can access support by contacting a member of the Child Protection team. Alternatively, you may wish to speak to the young person’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or Head of School who will contact the Child Protection Team, if appropriate.

    During periods of school closure, such as school holidays, you should contact North Yorkshire County Council whose details are given below.

    If you are worried about a child or a young person under the age of 18, you should contact the children and young people's service through the Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST). If your concern is outside of normal office hours, you should contact the emergency duty team.

    During Office Hours

    By Phone:     01609 780780

    Email:             Children&families@northyorks.gov.uk

    Secure email: Children&families@northyorks.gcsx.gov.uk

    Outside Office Hours

    Emergency Duty Team (for evenings, weekends and bank holidays): 01609 780780

    Further details can be found at the following address:

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3199

    Police

    In an emergency, always ring 999.

    You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.

    Keeping Your Child Safe

    Parents/carers and schools need to work together to keep children safe.  Below are links to websites which provide parents/carers with useful information.

    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

    http://educateagainsthate.com/

    http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

    http://www.talktofrank.com/worried-about-a-child

    http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents

    The following websites provide support for young people who may need it for a variety of reasons:

    http://www.talktofrank.com/

    https://www.childline.org.uk/

    http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/