Barley Fields Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and to achieve this we ensure the continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures. 

We have a number of policies in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be downloaded below.  All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies including online safety. 

All staff are expected to read and adhere to the DfE guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

As part of our safeguarding responsibilities we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  In the majority of cases we will ensure that our concerns about children are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare and well-being.  In this instance, we will follow procedure and make referrals to the appropriate agencies for support. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are:

  • Mrs. Caroline Taylor (Head Teacher) – DSL
  • Mr. Rob Shildrick (Assistant Head Teacher) DSL
  • Mrs Clare Shildrick DDSL
  • Mrs Tanya Florez Dominguez DDSL
  • Mrs Emma Perkin DDSL
  • Mrs E Brand DDSL
  • The designated governor for safeguarding is Glynis Pattison

Further information about safeguarding children in Stockton can be found on the Hartlepool and Stockton Safeguarding Children Partnership website:

Operation Encompass

As part of our safeguarding procedures, we have a direct link with Cleveland Police, who provide us with information in respect of Domestic Violence incidents.  

Operation Encompass, is designed to provide early reporting to schools of domestic abuse incidents that a child mat witness or be involved in. These incidents may occur outside of normal school hours and may have an impact on a child attending our school.  

Information will be shared through normal safeguarding reporting where it is identified that a child or young person may be at risk following this.

Please see the information for parents below.

The Prevent Duty – Extremism and Radicalisation

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.  It is compulsory for schools to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.  It is the job of everyone to prevent the radicalisation of young people.  Parents, teachers, friends and family all have a part to play in making sure that extremist ideas are challenged. 

Please see the information for parents below.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Peer on Peer Abuse Policy
Operation Encompass - Information for Parents
The Prevent Strategy - Information for Parents
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