What is Safeguarding?

Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

What are schools expected to do?
School are required to comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education.
This means, for example:

  • Having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is trained to support staff, contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies
  • Having a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues
  • Ensuring that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’
  • Ensuring that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated

What does safeguarding look like in our school?

  • We protect information about your child and only share it appropriately
  • We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance
  • We track concerns about children confidentially
  • We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
  • We work closely with a variety of agencies to support young people
  • We work in partnership with the Police through Operation Encompass to support children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
  • At St. Hild’s Church of England School all staff have been trained to follow procedures and understand policies which have been outlined through the Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021) publication and local guidance issued from Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children’s Partnership. This includes when to make recommendations for children who will benefit from Early Help.
To view our Safeguarding Policy

Designated Safeguarding Lead
David Richardson 

Lead Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection
Jo Campbell

Where we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we will take all appropriate action to address those concerns by working in full partnership with other agencies as outlined by the local authority and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021) publication.

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • Suzanne Sotheran
  • Sheikh Waleed
  • Lee Morgan
  • Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes
  • Liam Stephenson


  • Who should I speak to for more information, or if I have a safeguarding concern?
    You can speak to any member of staff, but we recommend that your first point of contact is your child’s Year Leader (DDSL) or our DSL.

  • Who should my child speak to if he/she has a concern?
    Your child can speak to any trusted adult in school. The adult will refer to the DSL if there is a concern about the safety of the child.

  • How can I access more relevant information or policies?
    For our full range of policies, including our Child Protection Policy, Discipline and Pupil Behaviour Policy, Code of Conduct, Confidential Reporting of Concerns Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Attendance Policy, and E-Safety Policy, please see our Policies page.

St. Hild's Church of England School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes (via CPOMS). There are a number of related policies and procedures linked to safeguarding, some of which are a statutory requirement and some are considered to be best practice in order to support us with our collective responsibility of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021).

Our policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for safeguarding and promotes the welfare, both physically and emotionally, of every pupil in line with relevant safeguarding legislation and the DfE’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (September 2021). It meets the statutory requirement for schools to have in place a Child Protection Policy and Procedures and defines the process and procedures that St. Hild's Church of England School has in place to ensure all children are kept safe and protected from harm and that all the adults in our school are clear of their role and responsibilities.

Safeguarding determines the actions we at St. Hild's take to keep children safe and protect them from harm in all aspects of their life. As a school we recognise that  ‘it could happen here’ and therefore  we are continually being proactive to ensure that every member of the St. Hild's community is proactive in their responsibility to Safeguard each member of the St. Hild's community. The most important thing that we ask is people talk to us. if your child is concerned about safety, well-being, either of themselves or a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent, a member of staff at the school, including our dedicated Safeguarding and Pastoral Team and Year Leaders.

A full statement of our safeguarding intent can be found via the link below.

Safeguarding Intent

Types of Harm

We all have a responsibility to keep children (under the age of 18) safe, both at home and in school. Harm is identified in four ways:

Physical - when a child is deliberately hurt or injured.

Sexual - when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can be a physical activity of no-physical, e.g. being made to look at an inappropriate image.

Emotional - when a child is made to feel frightened, worthless or unloved. It can be by shouting, using threats or making fun of someone. It can also be when children see their parents, or visitors to the home, fighting or using violence.

Neglect - when a child is not being taken care of by their parents/ guardians. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet, not keeping appointments for additional support, not coming to school are being left home alone.