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St Francis Xavier


Our Child Protection Policy gives detailed information on how we keep children safe at school. Our pupils are taught about how to keep themselves safe and that if they have a problem or a concern either about themselves or about a friend then they should speak to their form tutor or a member of the pastoral team. Pupils are taught about online safety through the school curriculum including through PSHE, form time and assemblies. Our Online Safety Policy details how we keep children safe online.

Our safeguarding leads

Mr McGhee

  • Role: Headteacher; Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Telephone number: 01748 823414
  • Email address: smcghee@sfxschool.org.uk

Mrs Hawkins

  • Role: Assistant Headteacher; Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Telephone number: 01748 823414
  • Email address: shawkins@sfxschool.org.uk

Mrs Pratt

  • Role: Pastoral Lead KS4; Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Telephone number: 01748 823414
  • Email address: lpratt@sfxschool.org.uk

Mr Morrison is the Governor Link for Safeguarding


Safeguarding in school

We have safeguarding posters in each classroom so that pupils know who they should talk to should they have a concern. However, if a child has a concern or worry then they should be reassured that they can speak to any member of staff in school. Our key mantra around safeguarding is the importance of talking about any worries or concerns and children are actively encouraged to talk about any issues they might have. A child can email in any problems or worries they have by emailing needtotalk@sfxschool.org.uk 

Within school our pastoral team supports the children. We also have a school counsellor called Mel Gamble who comes into school once a week to work with children on a 6 week programme of support.


External agencies 

We also work very closely with the following external agencies. Below is some more information about these agencies.

  • The Healthy Child Team for Richmondshire
    The Healthy Child Team provide support, advice and intervention for young people and children with their health and wellbeing. The team consists of Sara Pringle who is the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) for Richmondshire, Michele Pearson and Carol Thompson are the Healthy Child Nurses and  Kirsty Hugill and Kerry Storey are the team’s Assistant Practitioners; Helen Mcnaught is our screening technician.

    The contact details for the Healthy Child Team are:
    01609 534298
  • Young carers 
    Young carers are people under the age of 18 who offer regular help to parents, grandparents or siblings. Young carers can have additional responsibilities and concerns and need to feel supported in school. If you have any queries regarding young carers contact Jennifer Smithson.

    Email: jennifer.Smithson@hrcarers.org.uk
    The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services offer support to children, young people and their families who are experiencing significant emotional difficulties or mental health issues. These can be accessed by a referral from your GP.
  • Compass Reach
    Compass Reach helps young people who are engaged in risk-taking behaviour. Students can be referred to Compass Reach by the school.
  • Early Help
    The Early Help service allows families in North Yorkshire to access a range of support to ensure their children are safe, happy and well. By providing timely and effective responses, North Yorkshire County Council can prevent difficulties escalating to CSC and other services.

    Telephone: 01609 780780
    Website: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/
  • Children's Social Care 
    Children Social Care offer access to trained social workers and targeted support for families who need more help.
  • Service Pupils Champion 
    The Service Pupils Champion supports students with parents who are active or have been active in the armed forces.

    Nickie Young - Nickieyoung@northyorks.gov.uk 

Should you feel at any time that your family might benefit from the input of any of these outside agencies, then just contact your child’s Head of Year and they will be able to advise you further.