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Our Senior Leader for Safeguarding is Kathryn Bell who can be contacted at the Academy.

John Smeatons safeguarding Policy and eSafeguarding Policy can be found here.

As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. The NSPCC can help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe.

It's more than just physical safety. A big part of keeping children safe is making sure to look after their emotional and mental well-being. Helping them develop healthy emotional bonds from infancy can have a lifelong effect, and a strong relationship can make it easier when you want to discuss issues such as expressions of sexual behaviour or self-harm.

As your child grows older, you'll also worry about how to keep them safe when you're not always around. When is a child old enough to be home alone? And how can they keep safe when they're out on their own? You'll also want to teach them about online safety and the dangers of sexting

Of course, some people find it awkward to talk about some subjects. So if you don't know how to talk to your child about difficult issues, these pages on the NSPCC website will provide helpful advice and support.

Information sourced from www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

Complaints relating to safeguarding regarding person(s) working in or on behalf of academy (including volunteers)

Where an allegation is made against any person working in or on behalf of the Academy that he or she has:

• Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child;

• Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;

• Has behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children, we will apply the same principles as in our safeguarding policy.


Allegations against staff, volunteers or a designated person with responsibility for safeguarding must be reported to the Principal (Mrs Bailey), or in her absence, the chair of the SIB (Mr Derek Davies).


The person receiving the allegation is responsible for contacting the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) as soon as is practicable in order to determine if it is appropriate for the allegation to be dealt with by the Academy or if there needs to be a referral to social care and/or the police for investigation. No action / further investigation should take place until / unless sanctioned by the LADO.


Allegations against the  Principal must be reported directly to the Chair of the SIB and the Regional Director Northern Academies (Derek Davies), who will be responsible for communicating with the LADO in line with the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) policies and procedures.

Our Designated Child Protection Officers are:


Safeguarding Team   

Miss K Bell - Designated Safeguarding Lead  Mr Owen - Vice Principal Personal Development
Mrs Ripley - Deputy Designated SafeguardingLead  Mrs Day - Looked after Children
Miss Robinson - SENDCo Mrs Livesey - CLD
Miss Winters - Associate Assistant Principal Personal Development Miss Wigglesworth - Attendance Officer
Mrs Warne - Parsoral Care KS3 Mr Johnson - Year Manager
Mrs Hodgson - Pastoral Officer Mr Clarkson - Year Manager
Mrs O'Hagan - Family Liaison Officer Mrs Hill - Behaviour Manager 
Miss Scott - Health Care Practitioner Miss Alexander - Attendance Lead 

Message from Miss O'Hagan or Family Liason Officer

Hello Everyone,
So happy to be back. My name is Mrs O’Hagan and I have been a member of staff at John Smeaton Academy for several years.  Some of you will already know me and I am delighted to let you know that as from September I have been appointed as Family Liaison Officer for the Academy. 
My role will focus on early intervention by working with families, parents/carers and young people within our school community.  Encourage parental involvement in school and enable full access to educational opportunities and help overcome any barriers to learning. Signpost to any agencies (where appropriate) and provide pastoral support to students.
Should you have any concerns you may wish to discuss I am here as a listening ear.  Any query, large or small that you may require assistance with, I am here to help and provide support to you and your family. 
I am looking forward to working with the families of JSA, and together we will put every effort into making our school the best it can be. I have lots of ideas, and hopefully over the coming months and into the New Year we can flourish together. 
You can contact me on the school telephone number 0113 8313900 Ext 137.  

Debbie O’Hagan
Family Liaison Officer

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