Heslerton CE Primary School has the safety and welfare of all at it’s heart.. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff. Our safeguarding arrangements are detailed in our Child Protection Policy. To support our pupils, we have the following safeguarding arrangements in place.


Our Safeguarding Training

All teachers, teaching assistants and support staff undergo regular training in Safeguarding, including (but not limited to): Child Protection, Safer Recruitment, First Aid, Prevent (the name given to the training which aims to prevent young children becoming radicalised) and data protection. All staff also regularly complete annual Health & Safety training and read and agree to the relevant school policy documentation.

All staff and governors have completed training in Safeguarding and Channel Awareness (Prevent Duty). This training also included attendees reading and agreeing to the DFE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education, the school’s Code of Conduct and the relevant Safeguarding & Child Protection policy documents. 


Our Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Rachel Wells

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Sheryl Woodward

Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Jo Bickerton


The role of these key adults is to:

ensure safeguarding is at the heart of the school ethos and that all staff are supported in knowing how to recognise and respond to potential concern.

liaise with the school staff to keep them informed of any safeguarding issues, especially in relation to ongoing enquiries and police investigations.

as required, liaise with the Local Authority Designated Officers if a concern has arisen regarding a member of staff.

liaise with staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies.

act as a source of support, advice and expertise for staff and the wider school community.


Contacting the Safeguarding Team

During school hours, should you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact the school office on 01944 728286 or via the contact us section of our website. We will take all concerns very seriously and do our best to support all involved. 


To make a safeguarding referral directly to the local authority’s multi agency safeguarding team, please contact the North Yorkshire Children and Families service on 0300 131 2 131 


Outside of school hours, should you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact North Yorkshire Emergency Duty Manager on 0300 131 2 131  


The local authority designated officers for managing allegations (LADOs) can be contacted by phone on 01609 533080 or via email:



Should anybody have any concerns regarding the conduct of any adult within our school community, please use the following policies found on our policies page

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

Complaints Policy

Whistle blowing policy



In a modern world, children spend a great deal of time using the internet at school and at home. We value computing within our school and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing modern technology. From iPads to laptops, our children are able to access a wealth of apps and resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles.

The E-Safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school. Children use the internet through a filtered system to reduce access to unsafe online sites. All IT use is monitored to support the safety of every child. Our children are regularly reminded about how to stay safe on the internet and how to seek help and advice if they require it. 


The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video and communicate with others. While it is important not to obstruct them from developing skills from using these devices, it is essential that parents support their children in navigating the online world. We also encourage parents/carers to talk to their children about how to behave safety when online, to ensure pupils remain safe when browsing at home. 

The following links will help both parents and children with e-safety advice and guidance.

CEOP’s website 

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe Online

Safer Internet – Guide for Parents and Carers

Gov – A Practical Guide for Parents and Carers on Online Safety

Internet Matters – Parent and Carer Support Pack

National Online Safety – Guides to support Online Safety

Child Net – Support for Parents and Carers

Online safety for children with SEND | NSPCC 

Parent Safe – Keeping your children safe: online and beyond 


Please get in touch if you would like any more support. 


Operation Encompass

Heslerton Primary School participates in Operation Encompass, which is run in partnership with North Yorkshire Police Force.

The project, aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse.  Being exposed to domestic abuse is distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.

As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported into the Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated and trained school staff.  This will ensure that the school is made aware before that start of the next school day and can subsequently provide support in a way that means the child feels safe.

Each school has a member of staff (key adult) who has been fully trained to liaise with the Police, when required, and will ensure that necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident. Mrs Wells, our headteacher is the key member of staff.

This project demonstrates the schools commitment to working in partnership, to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.

In the meantime, if you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Wells at school.


Preventing Radicalisation

Heslerton CE Primary School actively supports the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. The Prevent Strategy Information for Parents explains our responsibilities in protecting children from extremist and violent views. It also supports us in promoting and teaching important values such as tolerance, respect and the celebration of diversity.



CPOMS (Child Protection Online Management System)

At West Heslerton CE, we use CPOMS. This is software for monitoring child protection, safeguarding and a whole range of pastoral and welfare issues. The software helps with the management and recording of child protection, behavioural issues, bullying, domestic issues and much more. By using CPOMS, we can ensure that incidents affecting pupils are logged to help keep pupils safe and fully supported, whilst school staff can focus on teaching and providing support, instead of administration. Every member of staff across school has an obligation to report any concerns which they may have. CPOMS allows them to record information in a central system and have relevant people alerted immediately.


Pupil Voice

We are always taking our pupils views regarding all aspects of our school into consideration and we regularly carry out pupil voice to ensure that children are able to express their concerns to known adults. We encourage each individual to put forward their concerns to help identify arising issues and potential dangers.


We have a number of other policies and procedures in place that contribute to keeping children safe which can be viewed on the policies page on this website.