At Eskdale Academy…


‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. 

 No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action. 

Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the best interests of the child 

(Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021) 


Please read our Safeguarding Policy to see how we Safeguard children at Eskdale Academy.

To contact School with any immediate safeguarding concerns, please contact


Ms Killeen (DSL), Mr Voisey, or Mrs McNeiily (Deputy DSLs).

School number: (01429) 272255​

Out of Hours Team: (01429) 523878 or 08702402994


Alternatively, if you have any concerns around the safety and well-being of children who may be in your family, friends or neighbours, please click on the link below to find out more about how you can report your concerns.


Child Protection & Safeguarding


Anti-bullying Policy


Intimate Care Policy


E-Safety Policy



Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to schools etc., about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours to which a young person attending our school has been exposed , and which might then have an impact on them attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during term time and , when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.

Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.​

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NSPCC - A fantastic source of support to parents


Parents Protect!

Project from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation focusing on protecting children from Sexual Abuse



Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.



Drugwatch have a helpful Children's Health Guide covers topics from Newborn Growth and Development to Bullying and Preteens.

(Children's Health Guide: Newborn to Teen)




By clicking on the links in the relevant section, you can access further information on each of the organisations own websites. Also, check out a wide variety of safeguarding children information on the HSSCP website via this link


Safer Internet Day

For further information and to access the latest resources please click on the following links: 

Safer Internet Day / simfinuk / What's the Problem

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Childnet International

Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. You can access Jenny's story, Becky's story and Lets Fight It Together (the cyber-bullying DVD) in addition to others online resources from this site: Childnet


Digital Citizens

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers and young people. it is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citzenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens. To access the Digital Citizens website please click on the following link: Digital Citizens


Internet Matters

An internet portal which aims to direct parents and carers to credible and helpful information on how to keep children safe online. To access further information please click on the following link: Internet Matters


That's Not Cool

To help young people and their parents understand how mobile phones, instant messaging and online profiles are all digital extensions of who we are. The 'That's Not Cool' website aims to provide young people with information about what is or is not okay in their digital relationships and the tools to resist peer pressure. To access the website please click on the following link: That's Not Cool


Think U Know

The Think U Know website provides the latest information on the sites young people like to visit, mobiles and new technology. It discusses what's good; what's not so good about the internet; about online risks and what you can do about them. To access the website please click on the following link: Think U Know


Reports of Online Abuse

A record number of reports of online child sexual abuse have been processed by the UK's Internet Watch Foundation amid 'shock' that the availability of illegal content online could still be increasing on the open internet. To access the report click on the following link: Safer Internet


Connect Safely

Connect Safely is a forum where parents, teens, educators and experts discuss and learn about safe blogging and social networking. To access the website please click on the following link: Connect Safely


Google Family Safety Centre

Provides parents and teachers with practical tools to help them choose what content their children see online. Look out for the video tips on how to set up safe searching on Google and YouTube. To access this website please click on the following link: Google

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Keep Children Safe Online

It's hard to keep up with the rapid changes of the online world. Young people today appear to expertly navigate online environments that didn't even exist in our own childhoods. To access tips to keep children safe online please click on the following link: Barnardos


What Are the Risks?

There are lots of fun and interesting things you can do on the internet & it can be a great way to stay in touch online. It's not always easy to know what's safe online and what's not. Childline has advice to help keep children safe and to know what to do when things go wrong. To access details please click on the following link: Childline


New AI Technique to Block Online Grooming

The Home Office and Microsoft have launched the AI Technique to block online grooming. For further information please click on the following link: Gov.UK


Tees Child Protection Procedures

When a child is or may be being physically, sexually or emotionally abused via the Digital World professionals must immediately inform their manager & make a referral to children's social care & the police. If the abuse involved a specific child (or children) it may be necessary to initiate section 47 enquiries. To access the relevant Tees procedure please click on the following link: Tees Procedures

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Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle online child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, either online or offline, you can report this at CEOP Centre

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Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets, social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, XBox Live, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other chat rooms can be great fun and a positive experience. But what do you do when things go wrong to find out please click on the following link: Bullying UK

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On-line Gaming

Gaming is great for children to relax/socialise with their friends, however, the ability to chat to other players using messaging platforms can pose a potential risk to children and young people. Children can play on games consoles, apps, websites, mobiles, tablets, PCs, through smart speakers and virtual reality headsets or watch livestreams. For further information please click on the following link: NSPCC


On-line Grooming

Grooming is when someone builds an online relationship with a young person and tricks them or pressures them into doing something. For further information please click on the following link: Childline

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Criminals might befriend victims online by using a fake identity and then persuade them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam. Children could be coerced into these actions using financial incentives or threats. For further information please click on the following link: National Crime Agency

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Over 6,000 children under 14 have been investigated for sexting. More than 300 were primary school aged children. To access further details on this please click on the following links: Guardian / NSPCC


On-line Mental Health

Explains the benefits and challenges to your mental health of being online, and gives ideas for looking after yourself online and getting support. Also, provides information on staying safe online and getting the balance right between your online and offline life. For further information please click on the following link: MIND



Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm. For further information please click on the following link: Internet Matters / NSPCC