Safeguarding & Child Protection

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child please contact our designated safeguarding leaders.

Our designated safeguarding leaders are:

Mr Leigh Smith (Head Teacher)

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Caroline Jordan (Senior Teacher and SENCo)

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mr Tom Storrar (Chair of Governors)

Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor

Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the Local Authority Emergency Duty team: T: 01609 780780

The number for Childline is T: 0800 1111

If you think that a child is being abused or neglected you can call the Children and Families Service through the Customer Contact Centre during office hours on: T: 01609 534527 or email children&

Reporting Child Exploitation and Online Protection –

Our Statement

There is nothing more important than the welfare and happiness of our children and Slingsby Community Primary School is dedicated to ensuring a child-centred approach to safeguarding. Children who need help and protection deserve the best quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified.  We work closely with North Yorkshire County Council, the Police and local agencies in accordance with the principles of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.

We believe that regular communication with parents is vital and we ask that our parents and carers support us by sharing information and telling us if there is something going on outside school that may have an affect on our children and their families. No issue is too small, we are always here to listen. The school will always endeavour to maintain a positive relationship with all parents and carers and any concerns will be discussed together, however, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with NYCC Safeguarding Team/ Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures).

All parents and carers are asked to sign Home-School agreements to uphold our school policies and Values For Life including Responsible Use of the Internet, Social Networking, Use of Mobile Phones, Abusive and Threatening Behaviour, Parental Involvement, Attendance and Privacy Notices. Information regarding Health & Safety and school safeguarding systems are regularly communicated in our weekly newsletters, letters and on our website.

All our staff and governors undertake annual safeguarding training and work in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance which is available online and from the School Office. Our Head Teacher also undertakes Safer Recruitment Training.  Our Safeguarding procedures are set out in our Safeguarding Policies which include but are not limited to the following: –


Attendance (including missing children)


Child Protection Policy

Children Looked After and Previously Looked After (LAC)

Children with health needs who cannot attend school

Complaints procedures

Drugs and substance misuse

Educational Visits

Emergency procedures, including lock-down and evacuation

Equality information and objectives


First Aid

Health and safety

ICT including online safety, acceptable use (Computing)

Management of allegations against staff and confidential reporting process /Complaints Leaflet

Radicalisation and extremist behaviour

Recruitment and selection

Relationships and Sex Education

Inclusion policy

SEND policy 

Supporting pupils with medical conditions

Staff Behaviour Policy (code of conduct)

Whistle blowing

Copies of our policies are available from the School Office.

We are committed to online safety and safeguarding. Useful links for parents and carers can be found on our E-Safety page

Thank you for organising and hosting the Childnet online safety sessions this week. It was great to hear that the sessions went down well and thank you for making me so welcome. I wanted to share some follow-up resources and details which you can find below:


Childnet Safer Internet Education Visit – September 2024

Childnet is a UK-based charity who empower children, young people, and those who support them in their online lives, and its mission is to work with others to make the internet a great and
safe place for children and young people, giving them the skills they need to navigate the internet safely and in a positive way.

Parent and Carer Session – For those parents/carers who were unable to attend the parent/carer session on 12th September 2023, Childnet have provided a video of an information session that includes the same content that was delivered to us on the day: (expires 05.05.24)

Finally here are some resources, including several of the key resources highlighted during the session: