Safeguarding and eSafety

Safeguard – Protect from harm or damage with an appropriate measure - (Oxford Dictionaries)

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2022, is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011. Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and promote them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
(Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2018)

At The John Roan School we strive to ensure that your child leads a safe and healthy lifestyle. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that educates your child in what a successful, healthy lifestyle looks like and guides them in how to identify risks and dangers that could affect them. 

As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We're here to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe.

It's more than just physical safety. A big part of keeping children safe is making sure to look after their emotional and mental well-being. Helping them develop healthy emotional bonds from infancy can have a lifelong effect, and a strong relationship can make it easier when you want to discuss issues such as expressions of sexual behaviour or self-harm.

Of course, some people find it awkward to talk about certain subjects. So, if you don't know how to talk to your child about difficult issues, these pages will provide helpful advice and support.

As your child grows older, you'll also worry about how to keep them safe when you're not always around. When is a child old enough to be home alone? And how can they keep safe when they're out on their own? You'll also want to teach them about online safety and the dangers of sexting - and help them understand how to stay safe on social networks by being Share Aware.

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Should you have any concerns about your child or someone who attends our academy please do not hesitate to contact Harry Shaw who is The John Roan School's Designated Safeguarding Lead. Tel: 020 8516 7552 (email:

Our Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Greg Power (

Safe and secure learning environment

The John Roan School is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students, staff and visitors.

Our safeguarding team:

  • Harry Shaw, Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Jemma Clark, Vice Principal, Child Safeguarding Officer
  • Jules Mallindine, Safeguarding Manager
  • Tracey Sumner, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)      
  • Ashleigh France, Student Support Manager, Child Safeguarding Officer
  • Courtney Van Beest, Child Safeguarding Officer
  • Sue Tebbutt, Child Safeguarding Officer
Never Keep Concerns About Children's Safety To Yourself

The John Roan School will always consider the best interests of the student and take action to enable all students to achieve the best outcomes.  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

The School has arrangements for listening to children and providing early help and processes for children to raise concerns about themselves or their peers. Where an adult is worried about a child, remember these three important messages:

  • All children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.
  • Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.
  • We all need to listen to children even though we may not always be comfortable with what we hear.

At The John Roan School

  • We believe that every child should have access to a learning environment which encourages positive personal and social development in addition to academic success.
  • Personal development is embedded throughout our curriculum; for example, students will also cover a scheme of work on e- safety in ICT lessons. The John Roan also delivers a range of PHSE drop- down days in which students are supported in learning about social and emotional wellbeing. Tutors will also discuss issues such as bullying, social and emotional well-being and safe use of the internet with their tutor groups during tutor time at the beginning of the school day
  • We believe that all students have the right to be educated in an environment where there is mutual respect and cooperation. Bullying is contrary to this belief and we do everything possible to prevent it.
  • The school Safeguarding team and Heads of Year have considerable experience and are able to provide guidance to students and families on a range of issues relating to safeguarding, including anti bullying, cyber bullying and welfare issues.
  • Partnerships with external agencies ensure that we are able to help students and families in need of support by signposting to professional agencies. Students accessing education through off site provision receive regular visits to ensure that they continue to make good progress and that their new learning environment fully meets their needs.

If you are concerned about the personal development of a child and would like to receive advice or additional support, please contact a member of the school safeguarding team. If your concerns are of an urgent nature, please contact the Local Authority Social Services Teams.

Useful links

TJRS Safeguarding policy​

Should you have any concerns about a child or family, and you do not wish to contact the school, you can make a referral to the Greenwich safeguarding Children Partnership. Your referral can be anonymous if you wish. Please refer to the link below:

How and when to contact GSCP? If a child is in immediate danger, you should always call the police on 999.

Anyone who is concerned about a child’s safety or wellbeing can contact the GSCP.

Emergency Duty Team (out of office hours only): 020 8854 8888

Referral team: 020 8921 3172


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