At Topcliffe Primary School , we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in safeguarding and Child Protection, and are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss L Taylor (Deputy Headteacher).

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are;

  • Mrs L Hedley ( Head Teacher)
  • Mr T Slattery ( Deputy Head teacher)
  • Mr B Waterworth (Assistant Head teacher)
  •  Mrs E Sale (Assistant Head teacher)
  • Mrs C Burns (Senior Learning Mentor)
  • Miss N Thomas (Learning Mentor)

The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Miss Nicola Lynch.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

If you have any concerns about the safety and/or well-being of any child or young person , you can contact school or telephone the Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888.

All Safeguarding practice at Topcliffe is underpinned by Keeping children safe in Education 2020.

Topcliffe Primary School Child protection and Safeguarding policy 2020-2021

Useful links:

Keeping Children safe in Education 



The PANTS rule – The PANTS / Underwear rule – guidance for parents on how to talk to your child about keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse.

CEOP’s Thinkuknow

Internet Matters

Net Aware – Parents review kids’ social networks, apps and games


Minecraft – Staying safe on Minecraft

UK Safer Internet Centre – Parent controls – Parental Controls offered by your home internet provider

The Waiting Room

North Parent Telephone Support Line

Covid-19 Online Therapeutic Support for Families

Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service 

Cerebra – Sleep Advice Service 

Pause – Telephone Support Available