Yanwath Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all pupils. We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse.

If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, or if you have any safeguarding queries, please contact our School Safeguarding Team.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Sarah Davies (Head of School) and Deputy DSL are Mr Matthew Crouch and Mrs Emma Pattinson. Phone: 01768 840739. 

The Cumbria Education Trust’s Child Protection and Engagement Officer is Mrs G Creighton
Email: gcreighton@cumbriaeducationtrust.org

According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to all aspects of school life and involves a collective set of measures to ensure every child is kept safe. It includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more. A detailed definition can be found in our Overall Safeguarding Statement (visit www.cumbriaeducationtrust.org/policies/)

Useful information for parents

NSPCC  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

NSPCC helpline –  0800 136 663

National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

CEOP for Parents/Carers https://parentinfo.org/

Internet Matters – Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/

London Grid for Learning – Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/resource-centre?s=16

Net-aware – support for partnts and carers from the NSPCC https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Parent info – support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online https://parentinfo.org/

Thinkuknow – advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Parents’ Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. Yanwath Primary School engages with this scheme.


Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership

Every Local Authority area has an Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCB’s are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for testing how effectively this happens. The Cumbria LSCB became The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) in 2019.