Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility here at Dearham. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively we ensure a child-centred approach to safeguarding. This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Safeguarding includes the establishment and implementation of procedures to protect children from deliberate harm, however, safeguarding also encompasses all aspects of pupils’ health, safety and well-being.

Dearham Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school and all our staff, governors and volunteers have Child Protection training. We are an Operation Encompass school which means we have direct links to and from the police regarding incidents of domestic violence.

As a school we always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. We have an open door approach for parents to come and discuss with us their concerns and worries regarding their children. The school’s child protection policy is available publicly.

School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ref. KCSiE para 107), those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.


Overarching Safeguarding Statement

Child protection policy 2023

Safeguarding Leaflet for Visitors and Contractors

Victim Support Leaflet

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership

NSPCC helpline

Prevent Policy 2023-24

VS_Parents resource leaflet_v2

Victim Support CYP DA Service Information