Keeping all Children Safe

The safety, health and well-being of every child at Cragside C of E Primary School is of paramount importance and safeguarding children, making sure that they are physically and emotionally safe,  is at the heart of all that we do.  Children have a right and an expectation to be safe and to feel safe and to ensure this for your child, we have a wide range of policies and processes in place, including amongst many, our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, our safer recruitment processes for staff and visitors, regular training for staff and close working with external visitors and agencies. 

 People to talk to in school:

Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.  Our whole school ethos, values and curriculum promote and embed a culture where children feel safe and the relationships in school foster this culture. Children know that adults in school are all there to help and support them.  Adults know, from their training, what to do when they are concerned about a child and will follow school guidelines in addressing this.  The Designated Safeguarding Leaders at Cragside C of E Primary School are Joanne Parker, Paul Rusby and Caroline Bilton.

Child Protection

In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill- treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Designated Safeguarding Lead may share this concern with Children’s Services and/or other appropriate agencies.

Please remember that when the school refers a concern about a child to Children’s Services, we are sharing information to establish whether a child is at risk, as all schools are expected to do, and to ensure the child’s safety.

If you have concerns about a child, please speak with one of the Designated Leaders in school.  Alternatively, please use the following numbers to make a referral, share concerns or seek further guidance:

Non Emergency:   

Northumberland OneCall on 01670 536400- Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm, 4.30pm on Friday or email

  •          At all other times, Social Services Emergency Duty Team on 0345 6005252
  •          For all general enquiries, please contact Children’s Specialist Services on 01670 536400


Emergency: If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an ambulance on 999.