Safeguarding and Child Protection

We believe at Warkworth C of E Primary school that all pupils have a fundamental right to be protected from harm and that pupils will be unable to learn unless they feel secure. We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils and we endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children and respected and valued. We are all alert to the signs of neglect and abuse and follow strict procedures to ensure all children receive effective support, protection and justice. The procedures detailed in this policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with Northumberland County Council guidelines.


We believe it is important for everyone to have the attitude of 'it could happen here' so that we are always vigilant and know how to respond ensuring we put the welfare of the child as paramount to any decisions we make.


Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs L. Ritson (Headteacher)

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs P. Coils (SENDco)

Nominated Governor: Mrs K. Handyside and Professor Hobrough (Chair of Governors)


Our Principles

The 'welfare of the child is paramount'.

All children regardless of age, gender, culture, religion or sexual identify have equal rights to protection.
All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child
is at risk of harm .
All staff involved in child protection issues will have the necessary training to enable them to meet their child protection responsibilities.


Our Aims

To provide all staff with the necessary information to enable them to meet their statutory responsibilities to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children.

To ensure consistent good practice across the school.

To demonstrate the school's commitment with regard to safeguarding children.

For full procedures and definitions please access our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which was written in conjunction with:

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Updated September,2018)

Northumberland County Council - Safeguarding 

All allegations of abuse or maltreatment of children by a professional, staff member, foster carer or volunteer must therefore be taken seriously and treated in accordance with consistent procedures. (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, para. 6.32). So please contact:

 Adam Hall - 01670 623979 Email: Adam Hall



As of July 2015, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015) placed a new duty on schools and other education providers.  Under section 26 of the Act, schools are required, in the exercise of their functions, to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

The purpose of the PREVENT Strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism in all its forms. The strategy has three objectives, one of which is to prevent people from being drawn into extremism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support. 

For further information please see our Extremism and Radicalisation Policy or you can access more information from Northumberland County Council:

Safe to Learn

If your concerns are about pupils or community members,

  • Phone: 101 Ext 63854

If you are concerned about hate crime or radicalisation in school and the surrounding community: Michelle Redfern (4514)
Community Engagement Officer
Northumberland Area Command

There is also a confidential and free national counter-terrorism hotline:

0800 789 321

At the bottom of the page you can also see our PREVENT Self -Assessment that we complete with our staff and governors. Completed copies are kept in school.

Operation Encompass
Warkworth C of E Primary School are also part of Operation Encompass:
Operation Encompass which is run in partnership with Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police. Many other Local Authorities both nationally and locally have successfully implemented Operation Encompass .
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day. Northumberland County Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school. For further information please see the pdf at the bottom of this page. 
Operation Endeavour
Northumberland County Council will be piloting Operation Endeavour, this will work in 
a similar way to Operation Encompass, but will focus on when children go missing.  
It Could Happen to me Campaign 

Northumberland Youth Service have generated a campaign aimed at young people to help raise awareness, improve knowledge and give greater understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation.

Developed as a partnership throughout Northumberland County Council, the #ItCouldHappenToMe campaign has been developed to include; posters, wallet cards, wristbands, leaflets and online resources, all providing information about recognising child exploitation and what to do if you think it is happening to you or someone you know.

The campaign has been developed by a group of young people, aimed at young people, to help them understand that child exploitation can happen to anyone with tools to help recognise the difference between a healthy or unhealthy relationship along with providing information about what to do if you need further advice or help


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