John Flamsteed Community School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all its students.

The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs J Barlow, Assistant Headteacher.

John Flamsteed Community School has a distinctive school ethos which has a commitment to equality and diversity at its heart thus enabling students to develop the skills which they will need to be confident and stay safe in a range of situations, as well as to manage risk effectively, both in school and in the wider world.

A range of policies provide a framework of protocols and procedures to enable our safeguarding work to be carried out effectively. Copies of all policies relating to safeguarding can be accessed via the School Policies page.

All staff receive annual child protection and safeguarding training and have full cognisance of “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023” Part 1, along with Annex A where necessary.

All schools have a legal duty to safeguard young people from risk and provide a safe environment in which they can learn

All schools have a legal duty to safeguard young people from risk and provide a safe environment in which they can learn

At John Flamsteed Community School we achieve this through:

  • A curriculum which promotes tolerance and respect, which teaches about the dangers of extremism in all its forms and builds students’ resilience to radicalisation
  • A curriculum which promotes and enables students to make choices wisely and understand the implications of making poor decisions, building strong digital resilience
  • Appropriate training for staff and governors in all areas as defined by “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023”
  • Robust web filtering systems to keep students safe online
  • Policies relating to visiting speakers in school, the letting of school premises to external organisations and student participation in off-site activities
  • Support for vulnerable students and clear procedures for referrals
  • Working in partnership with other agencies

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and responsibility.

If you have any concerns about the welfare or safety of a child at our school setting, or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away (Student Services, Head of Year, Tutor). Do not worry that you may be reporting small matters – we would rather that you tell us things which turn out to be small than miss a genuine concern or problem.

However, if you think the matter is more serious and may be related to a child protection concern you must ask for the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy. Where the child has been harmed or is at risk of harm e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to a member of the Safeguarding Team immediately.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

(Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2023

Safeguarding Out of Hours Contact Information

If you have immediate concerns for the safety of a child during out of school hours, please contact either;

  • Call Derbyshire (Derbyshire County Council Social Services) 01629 533190
  • First Contact (Derby City Council Social Services) 01332 641172
Child Line 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000
Samaritans 08457 909090
Young Minds Parent Helpline
(Children’s health and wellbeing)
0808 805 5544
(9.30-16.00 weekdays)
(Advice for mental health
including self-harming)
0808 800 5000
Police 101
(or 999 in an emergency)
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Starting Point Derbyshire 01629 535353
Safe and Sound
(suspicion that a child is at risk of sexual exploitation)
01332 362120
(National Drugs Helpline)
0300 123 6600
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000
Drink Line 0800 917 8282
NHS Smoking Helpline 0800 1690169
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP)
Radicalisation/Extremist behaviour advice 0800 789 321
Derbyshire Police Website
Victim Support line 0808 1689 111
Derbyshire Children Safeguarding Board
Runaway Help Line 116 000