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 2019.
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
- Mrs. Helen Gregory (Assistant Head Teacher)- DDSL
- Mr. Rob Shildrick (Assistant Head Teacher) 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:
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 occur outside of normal school hours and that might have an impact on a child attending our school the following day. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
For further information please see the link 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.