This school believes that children must be protected from harm at all times.

  •  We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
  •  We want children who use or have contact with this school to enjoy what we have to offer in safety.
  •  We want parents and carers who use or attend our school to be supported to care for their children in a way that promotes their child’s health and well being and keeps them safe.
  •  We want organisations who work with or commission work from us, or who provide funding to us to have confidence and recognise that we are a safe school.
  •  We will achieve this by having an effective safeguarding children procedure and follow National guidance (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2016.)
  •  If we discover or suspect a child is suffering harm we will notify Hartlepool Children’s Services Department, First Contact and Support Hub, Civic Centre, tel 01429 284284  or the police on the non- emergency number 101 (or  tel: 01642 326326) in order that they can be protected if necessary. 
  •  This child protection policy statement and our safeguarding children procedures apply to all staff, volunteers and users of St Helen’s Primary School and anyone carrying out any work for us or using our premises.
  •  We will review our child protection policy and procedures annually or when legislation changes to make sure they are still relevant and effective.


At the end of March 2015, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act received Royal Assent. The Act includes a new duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This duty applies to a range of organisations, including schools. Extremism and radicalisation are part of our school’s safeguarding duties.


There are four key duties for schools: identify local risks, identify at risk students, work in partnership with other agencies and to keep children safe online, where much of the radicalisation takes place. The Prevent duty applies to all schools, whether state-funded or independent, as well as early years providers and children’s homes.