Safeguarding & Support

Child Protection Statement

Glusburn Community Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Glusburn Community Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. 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. The school’s child protection policy is available publicly.


The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is: Neil Bithell (Deputy Headteacher) 

The three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads who deputise in his absence are: Richard Hunt (Headteacher); Linsey Sanderson (Head of Early Years); Rachel Woodier (Lead for Safeguarding Curriculum and Computing Curriculum).

Online Safety

The impact of COVID-19 means that most of us will be at home for an extended period and are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time online.

The online world is a necessity for many children in accessing school work and it delivers huge benefits, not least in enabling us to stay connected to family and friends during this period. However, many parents may feel concerned about the content their children are accessing.

Although rare, there is a risk that increased online activity and feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited by negative influences and online groomers of all kinds to target vulnerable children and young people directly. An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people. Extremists may use the COVID-19 outbreak to promote hateful views, for example through conspiracy theories blaming a particular group for the virus, or through spreading misinformation regarding these groups’ responses to it.

What steps can I take to keep my child safe online? Please click on the link below to access advice and guidance.

Online Safety Advice


Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is suffering domestic violence and is in immediate danger, please call the Police on 999.

Support and Advice – Craven Independent Domestic Abuse Service

For support and advice on practical matters such as legal issues, contact and other matters relating to children, benefits, health, education & training and housing for someone who is experiencing or escaping domestic abuse then contact Craven Independent Domestic Abuse Service (Craven IDAS).

  • Website: Independent Domestic Abuse Services
  • Email: 24 hrs a day.
  • Telephone: 03000 110110 (24 hrs a day (Sign posting out of normal office hours)

Background information

Craven IDAS is an independent charity which provides emotional support with a view to helping people overcome the negative effects of domestic abuse. They are able to refer people to counsellors and a range of other specialist services where this is needed.

CIDAS work with organisations such as Craven Community Safety Partnership, Police, Probation and Housing Associations to increase awareness of domestic abuse in the community and where possible prevent the occurrence of domestic abuse.

The Counselling Directory has information about domestic violence:

Supporting Victims

Any victim of crime in North Yorkshire can access appropriate support, even if they do not wish to report crime, from the Supporting Victims organisation. Please go to to find out more. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Government advice for domestic violence (including lots of contact numbers) is available at:

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 18 (parental responsibilities and state assistance). Governments must support parents by creating support services for children and giving parents the help they need to raise their children. 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 19 (protection from violence, abuse and neglect). Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.