Child Protection and Safeguarding

The people responsible for all safeguarding issues within the school are Mrs S Lomax  (DSL) and  Mr J Sidebottom (Deputy DSL) and Mrs D Barber (Deputy DSL)

At Yew Tree Primary School the Staff and Governors are determined to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect from harm, those children and young people who attend our school. Every child and young person who participates in the activities in school should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in this organisation. We recognise however, that child abuse is a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with our judgement about any action to be taken.

Yew Tree Primary School recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying. It is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that we provide opportunities for children and young people to do so, with the highest possible standard of care.

The schools main aim is to provide a safe, secure and stable base for children and help to protect them from harm. The welfare of the child is of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school.


Key Principles

  • Yew Tree Primary School will take responsibility for:
  • Respecting and promoting the rights, wishes and feelings of children and young people
  • Recruit, train and supervise all volunteers and staff members to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children and young people from abuse
  • Recruit all employees and volunteers to adopt and abide by the appropriate codes of conduct and the Child Protection Policies and Procedures outlined within this document
  • Respond to any allegations appropriately
  • Regularly review the policy
  • A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The children Act 1989)
  • Promoting Good Practice
  • Child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, can arouse strong emotions in those facing such a situation. It is important to understand these feelings and not allow them to interfere with your judgement about the appropriate action to take
  • Abuse can occur within many situations including the home, school and the sporting environment. Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with young people in order to harm them. There are some people in this organisation who will have regular contact with young people and be an important link in identifying cases where they need protection. All suspicious cases of poor practice should be reported to Janet Postlethwaite, Suzanne Lomax, Dawn Barber and the guidelines in this policy should be followed. 

The protection of children is paramount and if we have any concerns about a child being abused or neglected we will contact:

Children’s Social Care

The Denton Centre
Acre Street

Telephone number:
0161 342 4477


Tameside’s Safeguarding Children’s Board (TSCB) 

Union Street
SK14 1ND


Telephone number:
0161 342 4346
Also via the TSCB Website:


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