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Hackness and Wykeham Church of England Schools' Federation

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Our Statement

At Hackness and Wykeham CE Schools’ Federation, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.


"Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2021. Schools should work with social care, the police health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm."

   - Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021


This applies to teaching staff, teaching assistants, non-teaching staff, premises staff, governors, volunteers and anyone else who is responsible for, or is in contact with, children in our schools.


Our aim is to safeguard and promote our pupil’s welfare, safety, health and guidance by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate.


The pupils’ welfare is of paramount importance. We fully recognise the contribution it can make to protecting children and supporting pupils in schools.


If you are concerned about the safety of your child, or a child you know, you should act without delay.


Our designated safeguarding leaders are:


Mrs Janet Spittal (Executive Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs Louise Peers (Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Hackness CE Primary)

Mrs Fiona Strachan (Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Wykeham CE Primary)

Mrs Rowena Thorp (Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Wykeham CE Primary)

Mrs Karen Price (Child Protection Governor)



Safeguarding Information for Parents

As a federation we fully recognise the responsibility we have to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. An overwhelming majority of parents agree or strongly agree that their child is safe at our schools (Parental Survey October 2021) because we have children's safety and well-being as a key priority and have strong safeguarding procedures including:


  • Working together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. 
  • Safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers.
  • Regular training for our staff and governors to ensure the welfare and safety of our children.
  • Clear guidance for staff and volunteers on how to behave and work with children and young adults. 
  • Staff are highly vigilant and report and log any concerns they have about a child's well-being swiftly. 
  • An ethos where concerns are discussed with parents, and children know that they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust.
  • Safe computer access, with secure filtering and training for children and staff in e-safety. 
  • Safeguarding procedures which follow the recommended procedures by North Yorkshire County Council.


If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child please contact our designated safeguarding leaders.


    If you think that a child is being abused or neglected you can call the Children and Families Service through the Customer Contact Centre during office hours on 01609 534527 or email children&


    Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team on 01609 780780


    The number for Childline is 0800 1111.


    For further information please visit:


    For information on domestic abuse please visit the following websites:

    Women’s Aid or IDAS


    For Internet Safety Support please go to the Useful Links section in Information for Parents. 


    Operation Encompass

    Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our school the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday and Friday. When an incident occurs over the weekend the school will be notified on the Monday by the police. A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive the information from the police. They will be able to use the information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. 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.