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Thornton Dale C of E Primary School

Be kind, be brave, believe.

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01751 474 345

Castle Close, Thornton Dale, Pickering. YO18 7TW

Mrs Nikkie Beniams

Be Kind, be brave, believe

Safeguarding and Child Protection

At Thornton Dale CE School we recognise that we all have a responsibility to keep children safe. The welfare and safety of children is paramount and we will report in writing any safeguarding concerns to the Designated Senior Lead.  We will challenge adults’ behaviour towards children if they do not follow the Staff Code of Conduct. We will demonstrate British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

We will not be complacent with regard to safeguarding and have the mind-set of ‘it could happen here.’


Thornton Dale CE School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Thornton Dale CE School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school’s child protection policy is available publicly.


All our staff have received Child Protection and Prevent Duty Awareness Training (preventing radicalisation and extremism) and understand and abide by the policies and procedures in school to keep our children safe. Training is revisited annually.

The Designated Senior Lead is Mr Matthew Seeley.

The Designated Senior Lead Deputy is Mrs Nikkie Beniams.

Any concerns raised by staff, volunteers or visitors are presented in writing to the DSL who will follow up these concerns and keep records of the response and any actions taken. All concerns raised are dealt with in confidence and shared on 'a need to know' basis.

All staff abide by the Safeguarding Policy, DFE Guidance in Safer Working Practices, Keeping Children Safe in Education and The Staff Behaviour Code.

All staff and volunteers who work with your children are checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We follow the guidance for Safer Recruitment when appointing new staff and Mrs Beniams, Mr Seeley and key governors have received training in this. Training is regularly updated.

All teaching and support staff have received training in positive handling and restraint. Training is regularly updated.