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St Stephen's is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its pupils. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse and that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth, to view the world in a positive way or achieve academically. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

DSLs ensure all children are safe within our school.  If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact one of our DSLs.

Lead DSL: Mr Tim Elcock (Deputy Headteacher)

Deputy DSLs: Mr Paul Urry (Headteacher), Mrs Mary Fillan (Senior Assistant Headteacher) and Miss Maddison Scarfe.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • To protect children from being maltreated.
  • To prevent a child facing impairment of their development or physical or mental health.
  • To make sure that children are given care in their childhood that’s safe and effective.
  • To take action to ensure children get the best possible outcomes and life chances.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.


If you have a worry or concern, and you feel you can't talk about it face to face then send us a message.

A member of staff will read it and someone will talk to you.


Safeguarding Documentation