Loreto College St Albans

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Safeguarding Information - Students

Safeguarding issues can affect anyone. If you are worried for yourself, or another student you should contact a member of the school safeguarding team.

Our safeguarding team is led by Mrs Ransom, who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The other members of the team are: Mrs Brown (who is also Mental Health lead and SENCO), Mrs Caulfield (Asst. Head KS3) and Mr Downes (Asst. Head KS4)

If you wish to report something anonymously, this can be done using the SHARP system:


At Loreto College, we’re here to help you with any concerns you may have, either at school, home or in your local community.

SHARP is an easy way to report these concerns.

Possible examples of concerns are:

  • You are being bullied
  • You are concerned about someone else being bullied
  • You are feeling unhappy at school
  • You are feeling stressed at exam time
  • You are concerned about crime in your community
  • You are concerned about someone else’s safety
  • You or a friend are unhappy at home If you want to report any concerns, please click the MAKE A REPORT button on The SHARP System website.

You will have the option of sending a report from a computer or smartphone.

You will also be given a choice about including your name and details or sending an anonymous report. It is easier to follow up your concerns if you give us your name. We will deal with your concern in a way which will protect your identity if this is necessary to keep you safe.

What happens when you make a report using the report button?

The safeguarding team will either help you with your concerns or pass them on to the relevant person(s).

If your concern is about a crime that has taken place outside the school, we will contact the police.

How quickly will someone contact you?

Your report will be followed up within 24-48 hours and sooner if it is urgent. However, please remember that this helpline is only in operation on school days.

This is not an emergency service but if you need immediate help outside of school hours please contact Childline: http://www.childline.org.uk/ or telephone 0800 1111

This is a CONFIDENTIAL way to stop YOU, a FRIEND or SOMEONE else you have seen SUFFERING.

Tips for Young People

1. Always tell someone you trust where you are going and what time you will be back.

2. Don’t engage in conversation with someone you don’t know, who is older than you or who gives you a bad feeling – Ask yourself ‘Am I in a safe situation here?’

3. Always make sure your phone is fully charged, but try not to use your phone in a place where it can be snatched, for instance when walking down a busy pavement.

4. Make sure you have enough money to get home.

5. Don’t share any personal details online with people you don’t know:

a) Do not share you’re address or anything that could identify you or where you live – don’t send photos showing your school / uniform / buses you take etc.

b) Do not share any images of yourself and/or others – do not send sexualised images to anyone, as they could be shared without your consent, even if you trust the person you are sending them to.

c) Do not send any information which advertises your possessions or suggests to others that you might have the latest gadgets or technology.