Safeguarding & eSafety

DSC 1975St. Olave’s Grammar School follows clear safeguarding policies, which ensure the safety of all pupils within our care.

All staff and volunteers at the school are DBS checked and national Safer Recruitment regulations are strictly followed in appointing all staff. Health and Safety policies are in place and risk assessments are carried out rigorously, both with regard to events and activities within school and those carried out off-site.

Within the school, Mrs Maxwell is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and works with families, CAMHS and social services to ensure that our pupils are not at risk. All staff have been trained in child protection procedures and undergo regular refresher training. If for any reason Mrs Maxwell is unavailable, you will be directed to Mr M. Birtchnell, or Dr A. Abbattista who are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. 

The St. Olave's Safeguarding Team contact details are available here:

Guidance on reporting a Safeguarding concern out of School hours, is available below:

Safeguarding concerns -  out of school hours

Mrs R. Maxwell                                                              
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding Statement

Click here for policies relating to Safeguarding & Welfare

St. Olave's Student Safety Online - in collaboration with National Online Safety

Internet Safety  - keeping your child safe online - Letter from Mrs Maxwell

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and school early intervention safeguarding information sharing partnership which supports children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Operation Encompass is based upon the national requirements to not only identify children in need of support but to also ensure that this support is put in place immediately: ‘Nothing is more important than children’s welfare. Children who need help and protection deserve high quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified.’ Police are a ‘local safeguarding partner’ required to ‘make arrangements to work together’ (with the other partners) ‘to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs’.

Operation Encompass

Calls to Childline are free on: 0800 1111

Children can access free advice, information and activities, talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting Childline or chat to an online counsellor at

Childline's website offers a plethora of guidance and support - click here

NSPCC - Dedicated Helpline for victims of abuse in Schools

NSPCCThe NSPCC have launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.


Advice for parents of younger children:


Keeping children safe

NSPCC Helpline

Cyberbullying -  Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying - provides advice and information about how they can protect their child from cyberbullying and how to tackle it if it happens.


Zoom - What Parents need to know about "Zoom" the new video conferencing App

If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online please report it to the National Crime Agency via:

WhatsApp have produced a guide for parents & carers regarding what they need to know about the platform to help safeguard their children from potential online risks including; the new age limit (16+), scam messages, connecting with strangers, location sharing and more. 

Available here:

Ineqe Safeguarding Group - an Online Safety Hub contains a plethora of helpful resources, and materials for parents and students.

Safety shareables

The National Online Safety Team have created  the following free guide to raise awareness about 'online grooming'. together with further information relating to safe use of the Internet: 

Creating your National Online Safety Account

Online Grooming

Safety online


Tik Tok

U Switch have created a free educational resource - "How to keep your child safe on their smartphone – the definitive guide" available here


HOUSEPARTY App - Social Media Risk - Please see safety information that parents and students should be aware of regarding the Houseparty App: 

Houseparty App

School Visitor Safeguarding Guide

The following link provides an explanation of online safety and slang terms often used:

Glossary of commonly used words relating to online safety