Safeguarding and eSafety

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

  • Jemma Clark, Vice Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • 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
  • Sherry Starbuck, Child Safeguarding Officer
  • Jonny Martin, Child Safeguarding Officer
  • Charlene Simmons, Child Safeguarding Support


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

General Help

Online Safety




Sex and Relationships


Self- Injury

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) takes place on 1st March every year. The event aims to reduce stigma surrounding self-injury and let those who self-injure know there is help and support out there so they do not suffer in silence. In support of SIAD, the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) is launching today a campaign to help parents and carers understand what self-injury is and what support is available.

There is evidence that self-harming is affecting an increasing number of children and at a younger age than ever before. It is concerning that so many young people are using self-harm as a way to deal with difficulties and that many are suffering in silence. It is important for young people to receive support and have somebody to talk to. Unfortunately many young people don’t know where to go for help. Through this campaign we aim to make them aware that there is help available, that they can access a range of resources online or contact local and national agencies to receive the support they need.

As part of this campaign an information and advice hub, has been developed hosted on the GSCB website here. This online information hub provides links to relevant resources aimed at: children and young people; parents and carers.

We hope that you will find the information useful.


Useful Leaflets

Health and Support Leaflet

Drugs and Alcohol Support Leaflet

Awareness and Support Leaflet

Prevent Strategy Support

Crime Support Leaflet


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