At Settrington School, our Designated safeguarding Lead is Mari Palmer

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Caryl Shephard

Our SENCO is Kate Hind

Settrington C.E Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures. Every person who works with our children understands their responsibility in keeping children safe and should be confident in how they will do that.

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.

We have several policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy:

This can be viewed in the policies section of our website.


If you have a concern about a child in school, you can speak with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mari Palmer or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Caryl Shephard on 01944 768238.  In their absence, you can also call the Headteacher of West Heslerton School, Mrs Rachel Wells on 01944 728286.

Alternatively, you can ring the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership on 01609 780780.  Should your call be outside of business hours (Monday – Friday / 9am-5pm) please still call 01609 780780 to speak to the Emergency Duty Team.

On-Line Safety

We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.

It is very important to stay safe online, just like you would in the real world. In school we have regular lessons about e-safety and children are also reminded of their learning by posters around schools.


S – stay safe, don’t give out personal information

– meet up, don’t meet up with anyone you meet online

– accepting files, don’t accept files from people you don’t know

– reliable, can you trust what someone is telling you?

T – tell someone, if you are at all worried about something you have seen online tell someone.

Further information and contacts:

North Yorkshire ‘Be Aware’ child exploitation website NYCC Be Aware





Internet Matters

Parent Zone

Parents Protect

or download this useful document  Parental Guidance for Monitoring Children’s use of Social media from UKCCIS


Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation.

For ways to keep your child safe, including from the dangers of radicalisation, click on the link for the “educate against hate” website.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Operation Encompass

Our school is currently part of Operation Encompass. The purpose of this initiative is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been present, witnessed or been involved in a domestic abuse incident.

Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared.  Operation Encompass aims to ensure that nominated staff are made aware of the incident early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

All schools will have a nominated key adult, in our case this is Mrs Palmer.  Each morning North Yorkshire Police will review all reported domestic abuse records.  Where recorded incidents show children between the ages of four and eighteen years of age were present, or witnessed or were involved in such abuse, the key adult in the school the child attends will be contacted and the information shared.

The staff working with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for that particular child if it is felt appropriate to do so.