Safeguarding Aware


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Joanne Lancaster

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Andrea Salter

Safeguarding Governor: Revd. Sharon Wilkinson


At Hill Top Primary Academy, we are vigilant in keeping children safe from harm and are committed to safeguarding our children. All adults, including staff, parents and governors, have a responsibility to safeguard children; any concerns, no matter how small, should be shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.


If anyone has concerns about a member of staff, these should be reported to Joanne Lancaster, or in her absence, Andrea Salter. If the concern is about Mrs Lancaster, the concern should be reported to the Chair of Governors, Dr. Kieran Baker.


The definition of safeguarding, as used in the Children Act 2004 and in the Department for Education guidance document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’;

  • protecting children and learners from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development
  • ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

Ensuring the children of Hill Top Primary Academy feel safe and secure is essential to ensure they are happy in their lives both now and in the future, and to enable them to fully access the education they are entitled to


Prevent Strategy

The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of our overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  In the Act this has simply been expressed as the need to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  The 2011 Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

If you have any concerns relating to this please get in touch with school.


Online Learning 

Staying safe online is very important within today’s ever changing world.  Here at Hill Top Primary Academy, we take online safety very seriously and we continually reinforce staying safe on the internet within lessons and general use around the school. Online safety messages are shared through our newsletters for Parents and through app messages.




Below are some links to websites containing information and support to help ensure your child's safety.

Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. 

Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online (


CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.

CEOP Education (


ParentINFO is a collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP.  There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.

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Online Safety Advice for parents

1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know 

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

2. Sharing pictures of your child online 

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social. 

3. Keeping your under 5's safe online 

Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

4. Using parental controls 

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.