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NSPCC – Reporting Abuse in Education Helpline

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to launch a helpline called Report Abuse in Education.

The helpline comes after numerous anonymised testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges were shared to the Everyone’s Invited website.

The helpline will provide support to:

  • children and young people who want to share current and non-recent experiences of sexual abuse and harassment
  • children and young people who want to talk about being involved in or witnessing any incidents
  • anyone who works or volunteers in a school setting and needs support and guidance
  • adults who have experienced non-recent abuse
  • parents and carers who are concerned about their own child or other children.

Young people and adults can contact Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email [email protected]

Our Safeguarding Team

Pre-Prep and Prep Department Safeguarding Leads

Senior Department and Sixth Form Safeguarding Leads

Safeguarding Training

Our Safeguarding Team receive regular up to date Online and face to face Training from the 4 Local Authorities we serve, including:  

  • South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership
  • Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership  
  • Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership 
  • Newcastle Safeguarding Children Partnership  

All Designated/ or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Level 3 Safeguarding Trained. Training is also updated through SSS Learning and Andrew Hall – Safeguarding in Schools. 

All staff were given training on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 on 5th September 2022 and will complete training on Contextualised Safeguarding and Mental Health throughout the Year.  

All staff were given updated training on what to do if they are worried about a child at Durham High School, how to manage a disclosure from a student and what the local safeguarding arrangements are for contacting Social Care. This took place on 5th September 2022. 

Ms Annabel Beatie our Designated Safeguarding Governor attends termly meetings with the Safeguarding Team and the Designated Lead informs all Governors of Safeguarding information at their termly meetings. 

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available to read on the School website under 

What to do if you have any concerns about the safety and welfare of a student at Durham High School 

There are Safeguarding posters with staff photographs positioned around the School so the students and visitors know who to speak to if they have any concerns. 

If you have any concerns about the safety and welfare of a student at Durham High School, please contact the School on 01913843226 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team. 

Should you need to contact Children’s Social Care, please ring: 

Durham (For a child with a Durham postcode) – First Contact – 03000267979. 

Newcastle (For a child with a Newcastle postcode) – Initial Response Service – 01912772500 or out of hours 01912787878 

Sunderland (For a child with a Sunderland postcode) – Together for Children – 0191 5205560or Out of Hours Team – 0191 520 5552 

Stockton (For a child with a Stockton or Hartlepool postcode)- The Hartlepool and Stockton Children’s Hub – 01429284284/ 01642 130080 or the Out of Hours Team – 01642524552

For further information on Safeguarding, please visit the relevant Safeguarding Partnership: 

Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership Click Here
Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership Click Here
Newcastle Safeguarding Children Partnership Click Here
Hartlepool and Stockton Safeguarding Children Partnership Click Here

What happens if Social Care need to be contacted regarding a concern about my child or a child in my care? 

Where possible (unless putting a child at further risk of harm), Durham High School will contact you to inform you of our concerns and ask for your consent to make the referral. (We will still make the referral if consent isn’t given if we think your child is at risk of harm). 

Durham High School will complete a Safer Referral Form outlining our concerns and indicated whether consent has been given and if not, why consent hasn’t been given. 

Social Care must make a decision regarding the safeguarding concerns and the next steps that are required, within 24 hours of receiving the referral. 

To see the procedures outlined in Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022, regarding a safeguarding concern about a child, please Click Here.