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At St Cuthberts First School we strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. It is important that all staff have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out.


Staff, pupils, parents and governors should feel confident that they could raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of children and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously. This will be achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and protecting staff. This is supported by clear behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies, careful risk assessment, appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues and relevant learning through our Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PHSE) curriculum.


Designated Safeguarding Lead                   Mrs Clare McGregor (Head teacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead       Mrs Kiera Thorpe (Deputy Head Teacher)

Safeguarding  Governor                              Ms Louise Martin (Parent Governor)


All staff & volunteers are asked to read 'Keeping children safe in Education' September 2021 (part 1) and sign the school held central record to confirm they have read and understood it.  Governors read whole document.


Operation Encompass

This is a new innovative project in which schools in Northumberland are participating, and which is run in partnership with Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police. Many other Local Authorities both nationally and locally have successfully implemented Operation Encompass.  

Operation Encompass which commenced on 3rd April 2017, aims to support children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse.  Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a child or young person, who often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or can be physically hurt by trying to stop the abuse. 

As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported to the police, the Police will make contact with Children’s Social Care who will then communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff.  This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support to children in a way that means they feel safe and listened to. 

Each school has members of staff (key adults) who have been fully trained in liaising with police and Children’s Social Care when required, and will ensure that the necessary support is made available to the child or young person following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident. 

I believe that this project demonstrates our school’s 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 contact our key adults in school who are; Mrs McGregor or Mrs Thorpe.

You can also find out more information here