Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children have the best outcomes.

Every agency that works with children will have their own Safeguarding Policy, which is relevant to their organisation. The Dales School Safeguarding Policy is adhered to by everyone in school, and is monitored, updated and adapted in line with national guidance and to reflect the needs of our school and our children.

Our policy can be found here (this is a draft version to be approved by governors on the 1st December 2023):

DRAFT Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023-2024

You can find further information regarding PREVENT (Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation) here.
It is the responsibility of everyone in school to ensure that our pupils are kept safe.

The Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance can be found here:

KCSIE September 2022 Part One

All school staff are trained annually; all staff have clearance to work with children through enhanced DBS in addition to checks on prohibitions, sanctions and restrictions that might prevent the individual from taking part in certain activities or working in specific positions.

We have clear procedures in place to report any concerns (CPOMS). We also teach our pupils to keep themselves safe, both within the school grounds and in the wider world. We work closely with parents and wider multi-agency teams to ensure that there is clarity and understanding of our procedures in relation to child protection.

E-safety and child safety online is also a key feature of the work we do to keep our young people safe. We cover aspects of this within our ICT and PSHCE programme, in addition to offering training to parents. All staff receive annual E-safety training delivered by our own staff who are trained as CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) ambassadors.

You can view information regarding Operation Encompass here.

You can view information regarding Operation Endeavour here..

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Sally Collins

Deputy Safeguarding Staff:


Kim Lamb
Demi Stroughton
Rachel Straker


Glynis Burn
Liz Sanderson
Sarah Doyle
Tracy Henderson
Amy Taylor

Safeguarding Governor:

Katie Murray

If you have concerns about the safety of a child, you can contact any member of our safeguarding team in school or the OneCall team on: 01670 536 400