We are committed to working together to safeguard all children. The safeguarding of our students is central to everything that we do as a school.
This page is designed to ensure that all students and their parents have information and guidance to ensure that children are kept as safe as possible and have access to the support they need.
Should you have a concern about the welfare of a young person, you can access support through specialist pastoral staff at school. Our aim is to ensure that all necessary support is available to our students and families.
Mrs Sarah Barnes is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Miss Sammy Mercer is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. Both members of these staff are available via email or through the usual school phone number:
Mrs Barnes 01904 560000, or email@example.com
Miss Mercer 01904 560000, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, if you are worried about a child or a young person, you could contact the City of York Council’s Children and Young People’s Services through the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). If your concern is outside of normal office hours, you should contact the emergency duty team.
You can read our Safeguarding Policy on our policies page here.
During Office Hours
Outside Office Hours
In an Emergency
If you are concerned that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm, you should seek medical help or, in an emergency ring 999.
You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response
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Below are links to websites which provide parents/carers with useful information about where to go for advice and support
The following websites provide support for young people who may need it for a variety of reasons:
Parents may be concerned regarding online apps or websites their children are using. Here are some useful links which contains parent information on a variety of apps that you may find useful:
Specific support with using parental controls with your broadband and online security set-up
You can also find out more on our e-safety page.
BlueIce is a prescribed evidence-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm. It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.
Calm Harm is an award-winning app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you wish. Progress can be tracked.
distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Led by experienced practising GP and other leading experts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.
SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed be completed in your own time and at your own pace.
Sleepstation is free with a GP referral. It consists of a 6-week online course for people who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. The course is tailored to your needs, using the information you provide, and gives you access to a team of sleep experts who will offer helpful advice and support throughout.
ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing. and develop skills they use to build resilience and stay well.
WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are. You cause the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry.
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