Safeguarding at Sleights

"The headteacher, as the safeguarding leader, uses his expertise to keep staff up to date in their training.  Record-keeping is meticulous. Communication between staff is strong... leaders do not give up until the right help has been given. Staff regularly go above and beyond their statutory duty to support vulnerable pupils and their families." OfSTED, November 2019

All stakeholders at Sleights are firmly committed to safeguarding our school children and families. Staff engage in regular safeguarding training in order to ensure our children and families are well supported and protected from harm.

Our approach to safeguarding is underpinned by our commitment as a Church school to ensure that we “work together to be happy; to flourish and succeed through our Christian Values of perseverance, respect and trust”

The Headteacher, Scott Grason-Taylor, is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Helen-Louise Hann is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Gemma Kellerman is the school's safeguarding governor.

We work closely with families and other agencies to ensure the safeguarding of children. Underpinning our work is a collection of safeguarding policies and procedures. These policies form part of our statutory duties to safeguard all children. They have been updated to reflect the latest national guidance for safeguarding, as detailed in "Keeping Children Safe in Education" (2023).

Please click the links below to view our policies and procedures.

Please note, some of these policies may also be displayed on our school 'Policies' page.


Child Protection Policy (2023)

School policy for safeguarding and child protection

Child Protection Manual (2023)

School manual for safeguarding and child protection, based on Local Authority processes

Online Safety Policy (2022)

Details of how the school keeps children and staff safe online

Child Not Collected Policy

Details the steps we take in relation to children not being collected from school

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2023)

Department for Education guidance for schools and colleges

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Department for Education guidance for schools and colleges


What can I do if I am worried about a child?

If parents, staff or volunteers have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, the main point of contact in school is Scott Grason-Taylor, who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or Helen-Louise Hann, who is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. The governor with responsibility for overseeing safeguarding is Gemma Kellerman. Staff record any concerns and these are stored and shared securely.

If you are unable to contact staff for any reason, then you can telephone the Children's Social Care Contact Centre on 01609 536993, or contact the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership at any time. 

If you are worried that a child is at risk of immediate harm,  contact the police at once.