Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Statement:

The Dales School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including The Dales School follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. 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 publicly on the School’s


The Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Ann-Marie Ellis & Sharon Kettleborough  

School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ref. KCSIE para107), those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.

Safer Recruitment and Selection

The school has a pivotal role to play in multi-agency safeguarding arrangements that will replace the current NYSCB arrangements, and contributes to multi-agency working in line with statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

The three safeguarding partners will make arrangements to allow all schools and colleges in the local area to be fully engaged, involved and included in the new safeguarding arrangements. It is expected that they will name schools as relevant agencies. If named as a relevant agency we are under a statutory duty to co-operate with the published arrangements.

The school pays full regard to DfE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018; the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012; the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and NYCC Schools’ Recruitment procedures and guidance http://cyps.northyorks.gov.uk/hr-recruitment (login required).

We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in or on behalf of the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult and follow NYCC guidance on checking volunteers and contractors.


Early Years’ Staff are made aware that they are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment at the school/setting) or any circumstances which could lead to consideration of disqualification.

Partnerships with other agencies

The school recognises that it is essential to establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies: Prevention Service, Children and Families Service, Barnardo’s, Police, Health, District Council, NSPCC ChildLine Schools’ Service, National Youth Advocacy Service, Children’s Centres  etc.)

All schools and colleges should allow access for children and families service staff from the host local authority and, where appropriate, from a placing local authority, for that authority to conduct, or to consider whether to conduct, an assessment including under section 17 or section 47. Consent from the parent and child (where of sufficient age and understanding) is required for assessments by the prevention service or under section 17.

School complies with the requirement under the Children Act 2004 to co-operate with other organisations and agencies in activities relating to children.

School Training and Staff Induction
The school’s Designated Senior Person for child protection undertakes basic child protection training and attends training in inter-agency working (to standards agreed by the NYSCB) and refresher training at least every 2 years.

Support, Staff Meetings and Advice for Staff
At The Dales school, supervision provides support, coaching and training for staff and promotes the interests of children and fosters a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement which encourages the confidential discussion of sensitive issues.


Mental Health and Well Being Policy


Assessment Policy

Careers and Enterprise Information and Guidance Policy

EYFS Policy

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Educational Visits, Outdoor Learning and Adventurous Activities


Behaviour, Discipline and Anti-Bullying Policy

IT Policy

Pupil Remote Learning Policy

Child Protection Policy 

Child Protection Appendices

Child Protection Manual

SEND Policy

Single Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan 

COVID Safeguarding Addendum


Complaints Policy and Managing Serial Complaints Procedure


16-19 Bursary Policy

Budget Management Policy

Charging, Remissions & Lettings Policy

GDPR Policies

General Privacy Notice 

Information Governance Policy

Appendix 1a Parents and Pupils Privacy Notice

Appendix 1b Privacy Notice Employees

Appendix 1c Volunteers Privacy Notice

Appendix 1d Recruitment Privacy Notice

Appendix 1e – Website Privacy Notice

Appendix 1f Employment Privacy Notice – Supply and Agency Staff

Appendix 1g Complaints Privacy Notice

Appendix 1h Privacy Notice – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Appendix 2 Data Protection Impact Assessment

Appendix 3a Data Processing Clauses for Contracts

Appendix 3b Self-Assessment Checklist Data Processing Clauses in Contracts

Appendix 4 Retention Schedule

Appendix 5 Model Publication Scheme

Appendix 6 NYCC Charging Structure for FOI requests

Appendix 7a Guidance on Searching for Records 

Appendix 7b Freedom of Information FAQs

Appendix 8 Information Security Incident Form

Health & Safety Policies

Health & Safety Policy

Appendix 1 Health and Safety Policy

Appendix 2  Safer Moving & Handling Guidance

Appendix 3 Infection Control Guidance

Appendix 5 Intimate Care Policy

Appendix 6 Lone Worker Policy

Appendix 7 Fire Safety

Appendix 8 Guidance Use of Chemicals

Appendix 9 Guidance Display Screen Equipment

Appendix 10 Working at Heights Guidance 

Appendix 11 First Aid Policy

Appendix 12 Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions