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 Involving Children and Families in Staying Safe & Healthy


Talking Pants

In Summer 2018 we were"Talking Pants" again and using the NSPCC materials to talk about the Underwear Rule, which is a simple way to help keep children safe from abuse by teaching them that:

• their body belongs to them
• they have a right to say no, and
• they should always tell an adult if they’re upset or worried.

In Autumn 2018 we welcomed the NSPCC into school to follow up this work with assemblies and workshop activities. There are lots of great resources  to do with protecting children from abuse that can be found by following the above link. Parents can see the resources that we used here - teachers have adapted these to suit their own classes.

In December 2018 we re-evaluated our school dinner menu with the help of governors and the school council, and have devised a new menu to encourage as many children as possible to have a healthy lunch in the middle of the day. Our Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and adventure playground help keep children active at break times throughout the year.

Emotional and Mental Health in the Curriculum

Children are encouraged to build resilience and learn to take care of their personal wellbeing as part of our Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum. This looks at eight Areas of Success and teachers choose the most appropriate way to address these for their year groups. Since Spring 2018 we have been working with Compass BUZZ on the North Yorkshire Schools Mental Health & Wellbeing Project to help us take a whole-school approach to supporting the mental health of pupils. 


We take E-Safety very seriously, with a link governor (Sarah Arnold) and an E-Safety team keeping a close eye on how we behave when using technology; what we look at and listen to online, and how we stay safe when contacting other people. 

Information for parents can be found by clicking the links below:

Internet Matters



As well as covering e-safety as an integral part of our Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum, we also have a separate scheme of work that directly teaches each year group what they need to know to stay safe online. This scheme, which is being introduced to support the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance in September 2018, can be viewed here.

 Hit the Surf!

More beach safety is enjoyed in the summer term for Year 6 who spend an exciting morning on the beach with our local RNLI lifeguards learning all about safety around the coast (and catching a few waves on their body boards at the same time).

Crucial Crew

This is a multi-agency event supported by the Fire Service, the Police, the Ambulance Service, Her Majesty's Prison Service, Victim Support, Drugs awareness, School Nurses and the National Trust. They aim to raise awareness of safety issues to school children in Year 6.

PHSE Curriculum

Children take responsibility for their own safeguarding as part of our PHSE Association PHSE Programme of Study, which is in line with our Chris Quigley curriculum and also our Child Protection and other policies.



Safeguarding at

Lythe CEVC School

We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school and, through our policies, procedures and attitudes, strive to promote a culture of shared responsibility for all aspects of safeguarding.  All North Yorkshire schools, including Lythe CEVC School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures.

We work hard to ensure that:

- we employ staff and volunteers who are suitable to work with children

- our policies and procedures are understood and adhered to by all staff at all times

- there are clear expectations and boundaries for behaviour of children, staff and volunteers

- children are taught strategies for recognising and dealing with dangers.

- all staff and volunteers are confident in dealing with concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, and that there are rigorous procedures in place for following up concerns.

The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren.  However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures).  The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.  The school’s child protection policy is available on request from the school office or can be viewed by clicking on the link under Important Documents below.


What can I do if I am worried about a child?

If parents, staff or volunteers have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, the main point of contact in school is Lisa Armstrong, who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or Farrah Jackson who is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. The governor with responsibility for overseeing child protection matters is Kath Cornforth. Staff should use CPOMs to record any concern; the paper-based reporting system is still in place if it can't be accessed for any reason, or for visitors.

This is in line with our child protection policy, but if you do not feel able to talk to the school, or are unable to contact staff for any reason, then you can telephone the Children's Social Care Contact Centre on 01609 536993, or contact the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board at any time. Documents and information about reporting concerns are also available in the safeguarding file in the staffroom.

If you are worried that a child is at risk of immediate harm,  contact the police at once.

The school uses CPOMS for recording and monitoring child protection, safeguarding, pastoral and welfare issues. Staff use the safeguarding procedures described in our school policy, and ensure that all concerns are shared on the same day with the Safeguarding Lead, her deputy, and other relevant members of staff.


Important Documents

All staff, governors and volunteers must read these documents and sign the form in the school office to say that they agree to abide by the contents. 


Child Protection / Safeguarding Policy (including allegations agains staff and children missing in education) November 2018

Whistleblowing Policy July 2018

Safer Working Practices

Working together to Safeguard Children September 2018

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019

Online Safety Policy (including Social Media policy and Acceptable Use Agreements) December 2018

Staff Standards of Conduct July 2018


Other Important Documents


Pupil Behaviour Policy July 2018

Children not collected policy December 2018

Children missing from school premises January 2019

Intimate Care Policy January 2019


 Training and Information

NYCC guidelines for dealing with prejudice-based incidents 

News and Updates from NYSCB

Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training

Prevent: Channel online basic awareness training

Forced Marriage online training

FGM online training


For staff and governor links to e-safety training and safeguarding updates, please email Lisa Armstrong.


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