At John Ball we are fully committed to our statutory duty to safeguard all pupils. Safeguarding is a wide-ranging and overarching policy of our school which includes Child Protection, Health and Safety, e-Safety, Anti Radicalisation, Anti-Bullying and links to several other policies. A full copy of the policy is available below.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL) is Miss Amy Parry, Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion and Safeguarding. The deputy Safeguarding leads are Mrs Jacqui Noakes, Mr Stephen Mitchell, Mrs Debbie Parish and Mr Anthony White.
Mr Matthew Fields, Parent Governor, is our Link Governor for Safeguarding and visits the school on a termly basis to review our policy and procedures with Mrs Noakes.
If at any time you should have any concerns around safeguarding matters please contact the staff above.
NSPCC’s PANTS rules
In our assemblies during the year and in classes we will discuss the NSPCC’s PANTS rules. This is designed to teach pupils how to stay safe from sexual abuse and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), without giving explicit information or telling scary stories or even using the term “sexual abuse”. In the assemblies and lessons children will learn about the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for:
- Privates are private
- Always remember your body belongs to you
- No means no
- Talk about secrets that upset you
- Speak up, someone can help
The assemblies are fully age-appropriate. More information about talking PANTS, including a short film and a parent and foster/adopted parent guide can be found at nspcc.org.uk/pants
The following leaflets may also be of help to families: