Safeguarding & eSafety

Designated Child Safeguarding Officers

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

  • Jemma Clarke, Director of Student Services, Designated Child Safeguarding Officer 
  • Lois Ward, Assistant Headteacher, Designated Child Safeguarding Officer     
  • Tracey Sumner, Deputy Designated Child Safeguarding Officer     
  • Jules Mallindine, Child Safeguarding Officer
  • Courntey Van Beest, Child Safeguarding Officer

No one wants to hear about children being abused, neglected or unsafe and that sometimes makes it difficult to respond so…

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.

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 end 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.

Peer mentors support younger students to manage the transition from primary school to secondary school and will continue to work with them throughout Year 7.

Guidance and Achievement Leaders 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 the student’s Guidance and Achievement Leader or the Designated Safeguarding Officer. If your concerns are of an urgent nature, please contact the Local Authority Social Services Teams.

This webpage contains useful information for parents regarding safeguarding:

Online safety


Sex and Relationships

General Help

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.


Health & Support Leaflet

Drugs & Alcohol Support Leaflet

Awareness & Support Leaflet

Prevent Strategy Support Leaflet

Crime Support Leaflet

Health and Safety Policy

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