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Safeguarding at RJS


Ripley Junior School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Parents can feel confident that carefully thought out policies, procedures and practice are in place, underpinned by advice from the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board and taking account of guidance issued by the DfE (Government Department for Education).


Child Protection

Although every member of our staff team is responsible for and vigilant of the safeguarding our children, the school’s Safeguarding Team is made up of the following senior leaders and Governors:

  • The designated lead for child protection and safeguarding (DSL) is the Headteacher, Mrs J Clarke

  • The deputy designated lead for child protection and safeguarding (Deputy DSL) is the Deputy Headteacher Mrs S Woodward. Mrs Woodward is also the lead for Looked After Children.

  • Our other deputy designated leads for child protection and safeguarding are Mrs A Hardy, Mrs R Turner and Miss M Plumtree.

  • Miss M Plumtree (SENCO) has delegated responsibility for child protection and safeguarding for particular children at school including children with Special Educational Needs.

  • Mrs Critchlow is our Safeguarding Governor. She can be contacted via the governor email address or in person should you wish to speak with a governor.


    All members of the Safeguarding Team are DSL trained in accordance to the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board and all staff working within the school receive annual training in safeguarding and keeping our children safe. We work in line with the recommendations of the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board to deliver such training and outsource any training that requires specialist advice or information.


    Children will always be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. It is the duty of every member of staff to record and report any concern to the Safeguarding Team. Staff who work regularly with children and families and may be asked to contribute to child protection processes, including teachers, teaching assistants and the school admin team, thus enabling us to receive a broad and clear picture that allows us to keep safe and support our children.


    Ripley Junior School believes that ‘Safeguarding’ covers any area of school life that may affect the safety, vulnerability or wellbeing of the children. In recognition of this, other policies relating to wider aspects of safeguarding are in place and may be requested at any time. Please look at our policies section of our website or contact the school office. 

      Further information can be found on the Derbyshire Safeguarding     

      Children Board website:


Are you worried about a child?

If you believe that any child is in danger ring Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 choosing the option for urgent child protection calls. This can be used at any time. In case of an emergency contact the police by ringing their call centre number 101 (24 hours a day) or 999.

Any information seen on the school website can be provided in paper form at the School Office. 

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