Keeping Safe at Barncroft


Barncroft School take the welfare and safeguarding of all our children extremely seriously.

“The welfare of the child is paramount” (the Children Act 1989).

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (Section 157 for Independent schools) places a statutory responsibility on the governing body to have policies and procedures in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are pupils in the school.

Our first and foremost priority is to keep your child safe and healthy; there are safeguarding notices around our school to remind staff and visitors of our policies and practices with the key message that: “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day”.

Safeguarding contacts at Barncroft

Should you need to discuss something with someone our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:

  • Mrs Helen Wearn, Lead DSL, SENCO and Inclusion Manager
  • Mrs Liz Dayton, Deputy Head Teacher
  • Mr John Pitt, YR Phase Lead
  • Miss Lynda Burgess, HSLW
  • Mrs Sue Aldridge, SEN Teaching Assistant

All staff/parents/visitors/ can contact Children’s Services directly in an emergency via: 01329 225379 or using the Inter-Agency Referral Form (IARF) available at:

If you have concerns about a member of staff of colleague please speak to the Head teacher who will contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) as required. If you concern is regarding the Headteacher, please contact the Chair of Governors, at:-

Keeping Safe in the Curriculum

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a curriculum area which develops the knowledge, skills and attributes all pupils need in order to keep healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.

At Barncroft we use PSHE education to ensure our child have the skills, attributes and knowledge to stay safe but also to develop skills that can be applied to some of the most pressing issues facing children today today: from mental health to understanding the importance of staying safe online, healthy and safe relationships, making sense of media messages, challenging extreme views. 

Our PSHE program of study is developed using the Coram Education SCARF resources.

Links to policies and further information:

Safeguarding policies


The PANTS rule – The PANTS / Underwear rule – guidance for parents on how to talk to your child about keeping themselves safe from abuse.

BBC Webwise – Safety and Privacy

CEOP’s Thinkuknow


Childnet International

Net Aware – Parents review kids’ social networks, apps and games


Parent info from CEOP and Parent zone

Minecraft – Staying safe on Minecraft

UK Safer Internet Centre – Parent controls – Parental Controls offered by your home internet provider