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)
The 'welfare of the child is paramount'.
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:
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:
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
- Tel: 101 Ext 61954
- Mobile: 07747758181
- Webpage: http://www.northumbria.police.uk
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.
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