Here at St Hilda’s CE Primary School we are dedicated to ensuring that all pupils are kept safe at all times. If you have any concerns at all and wish to talk to someone, please come into school and have a chat with one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Meet the Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss H. Plant



Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms V. Beaumont

Pastoral Care Officer


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs J. Thomas


What is safeguarding? 

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. 

Safeguarding means: 

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment 
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development 
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care 
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes. 

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.  All staff receive safeguarding training on an annual basis and regular updates are given on a regular basis. 

Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Policy 

To view our Safeguarding procedures and policy please see our policies page. 

Prevent Duty 

What is Prevent? 

Since 1st July 2015 all schools have had a duty to protect all children and young adults from the risk of Radicalisation and Extremism, under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This act requires schools to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. 

What do schools do? 

In order for schools to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. At St James every staff member has been trained on the Prevent Duty and we have regular annual training to ensure we are keeping our pupils safe. At St James we also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. 

What we will do.. 

Schools have clear procedures in place for protecting children at risk of radicalisation. At St James our procedures are set out in our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy. General safeguarding principles apply to keeping children safe from the risk of radicalisation as set out in the relevant statutory guidance, Working together to safeguard children and Keeping children safe in education. If necessary school will make a referral to the Channel programme. Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation. 

For more information in the Prevent Duty please click the link below: 

Advice template ( 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 

For more information on how schools keep pupils safe then please download the Governments Keeping Children Safe in Education document. Click here to download. 

National Online Safety 

The National Online Safety website has launched #WakeUpWednesday campaign. Each Wednesday they publish a new platform guide for parents with information about how to keep children safe online. It focuses on different platforms such as instagram, facebook, tiktok even gaming like Fifa23. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure parents move at the same speed as their children where social media and gaming is concerned