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Yew Tree Primary Academy

Safeguarding Charter

At Yew Tree Primary Academy we will:

  • Work in partnership with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in keeping with the KSCB’s ‘Levels of Need Guidance’ to secure improved outcomes for young people
  • Ensure that safer recruitment practices and safeguarding policies and procedures set out a culture of vigilance and challenge
  • Provide induction and regular training that enable all adults to recognise signs of abuse and neglect; act in the interests of the child and maintain an attitude ‘it could happen here’.
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies to promote early help for young people and families before their needs escalate to a point where intervention would be needed via a statutory assessment.
  • Challenge ourselves and others to ensure actions are completed in a timely way and press for reconsideration if the situation does not improve.
  • Quality assure all safeguarding practices including maintaining support and oversight of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Team, their actions and decisions and record keeping.
  • Ensure all adults working with young people follow an agreed code of conduct that promotes safe working practices and makes responsibilities and expectations clear, including the understanding that anyone can make a referral.
  • Complete any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 Safeguarding Audit in order to ensure policies and procedures follow KSCB, Local Authority and statutory guidance.
  • Implement any learning arising from serious case reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views of children, especially when assessing their needs.
  • Provide students with a curriculum which promotes their safeguarding and enables them to maintain healthy relationships.

At Yew Tree Primary Academy we take the Safeguarding of our children extremely seriously. Therefore if you have any reason to be concerned regarding the safety of a particular child, please contact the designated Safeguarding Officers: 

Mrs Rebecca O’Hanlon  ( Principal) – Senior Safeguarding Officer and Child Protection Lead

Mrs L Venables (Assistant  Prrincipal) – Deputy Senior Safeguarding Officer

Mrs A Farrell (Governor) – Governing Body Safeguarding Officer

E Safety

As well as the E Safety section in the ‘Pupils’ Menu, containing links to guides for social media documents and safety guidelines, click on the links below for the latest Online Safety news…

Online Safety Newsletter Sept 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter July 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter June 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter May 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter April 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter Feb 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter Jan 2018_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter Dec 2017_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter Nov 2017_Yew Tree

Online Safety Newsletter Oct 2017_Yewtree

Online Safety Newsletter Sept 2017_YewTree

Online Safety Newsletter May 2017_YewTree

Online Safety Newsletter January 2017_YewTree


Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs. The ‘Listen to my Story’ campaign… The Listen to my Story campaign has been developed by Merseyside Police, local councils and third sector agencies throughout the Merseyside area to raise awareness of CSE in our communities and to educate young people, parents/carers, teachers, health professionals and service industry workers as to the signs and vulnerabilities of CSE.

For more information about ‘Listen to my Story’, please visit

Or why not download this useful Barnardos document: spot-the-signs-parents

All of our staff have been trained in the signs of CSE. If you are concerned about your child or someone you know let us know – we will be able to help.

Radicalisation and Extremism:

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

In order for schools  to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.

Schools can build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.

Further information for parents can be found at:


Information for parents regarding general safeguarding of children can be found at:

Other useful contacts:

National Support

  • Forced Marriage Unit 0207008 015,
  • Child Helpline: 0800 1111
  • Karma Nirvana Helpline: 0800 5999 247
  • NSPCC:080 8800 5000
  • Iranian/Kurdish Women’s Right Organisation 0207 9206460

Local Contacts:

  • Merseyside Forced Marriage & HBV Protocol:
  • Savera Liverpool (DAS for BAMER Communities): 07716 266 484
  • Amadudu (BME Refugee): 0151 734 0083
  • South Liverpool DVS; 0151 494 2222
  • LDAS 0151 263-7474
  • Irish Community Care: 0151 237 3987
  • ABC DVP: 0151 482 2484
  • WHISC: 0151 707 1826
  • Liverpool Domestic Abuse service: 0151 263 74 4
  • Knowsley Domestic Violence Support Service:  0151 548 3333

Our Safeguarding policies and procedures are available below:

Child Protection Policy and Procedures for Knowsley Schools and Education Settings version (1) Final Sept 2018

YT Safeguarding Children Policy 2018-19

YT Radicalisation and Extremism Policy 18-19

Whistleblowing Policy v1-3

Social Media Policy v1-2