Keeping children safe is your business, our business, it’s everyone’s business.


At Crooksbarn Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children, staff and visitors as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make sure that this happens at our school.

We ensure that:

  • The welfare of children remains paramount
  • All children whatever their age, gender, culture, language, ethnicity, disability or religious belief have the right to be protected from harm
  • All disclosures, suspicions or allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • All staff and volunteers at our school know how to report concerns to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads in school.
  • All staff and volunteers in school undertake regular training on safeguarding matters to ensure that systems and procedures for reporting concerns are known and understood

The school safeguarding Local Academy Committee Member is Mrs Jayne Butler and she can be reached by email at:


Our Parent Support Advisor and one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Wilkes. She can be contacted through phoning the school office on 01642 531750 or by e-mail

Mrs Wilkes works closely with Mr Twiby (Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Mrs Hoffman (Deputy Head and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) to ensure that all staff at Crooksbarn Primary School work together to safeguard all children and provide support to all families.

Our safeguarding policies are based on the statutory government guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education and all policies are reviewed regularly.


Keeping children safe in education – GOV.UK (


Operation Encompass

Our school is part of Operation Encompass – a national scheme that operates jointly between schools and police forces.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced domestic abuse.

As a school, we have ensured that a member of our staff (Designated Safeguarding Lead) has been trained in the Operation Encompass procedures, allowing us to then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support the child/ren in our care.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 identifies children who experience domestic abuse as victims of domestic abuse in their own right.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all of our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.



Prevent is part of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy known as Contest.

The aim of Contest is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. This strategy covers all forms of terrorism.

The Contest strategy is based on 4 key elements:

  • pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
  • prevent –  to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • protect – to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • prepare –  to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The Prevent strategy has 3 key objectives:

  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed


To Report a concern or something suspicious


National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800-789-321

Police Prevent Team on 01642 303397 or 01642 301330.

Marc Stephenson, Community Protection Service Manager and Prevent Lead for Stockton on 01642 528439 or

You should also report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet.


Safeguarding Children 

If you are worried about a child, please call The Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Children’s Hub on 01429 284284 / 01642 130080 or out of office hours call 01642 524552.

In an emergency please contact the Police on 101 or 999

Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP)

The Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) is attended by professionals from the Local Authority, Health Services, Police, Probation, Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), Schools, the Voluntary Sector, Lay Members and many others. HSSCP brings together people who work with children and their families to ensure that the safety and welfare of children is at the heart of their work. HSSCP leads the work to safeguard children in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.

HSSCP has a range of roles and statutory functions including:

  • Developing local safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Scrutinising local arrangements

The aim of HSSCP is to make sure those who work with children and their families do it well and keep children safe.


Online Safety

Technology at home
Parents Technology at Home Help-sheet:
Staying Safe at Home:
Online Safety at Home:
What children say about their digital lives (Report):
How to Search the Smart Way at Home:
The 6 apps that every parent should know about:


Keeping children safe

Report Harmful Content :

Harmful Content Advice:
Safeguarding Children at Home:
How do I respond to a viral scare?
Check First. Share Later:
6 Things You REALLY Shouldn’t Share on Social Media:


Parental controls

Parental Controls: /


Parental Controls – Gaming
PlayStation Network:
Xbox 360:
Xbox Live:
Xbox One X and Xbox One S:



Parental Controls – Social Media



Useful links

Let’s talk PANTS | NSPCC

Clever Never Goes – The replacement for Stranger Danger from Action Against Abduction



As a school we use CPOMS as our platform to record safeguarding concerns so that we have a clear picture of all concerns, this includes students who are archived. All Safeguarding Leads have full access to the system so that they can access information for safeguarding meeting and record outcomes.

Please see below our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding and child protection policy 2023- 2024