Safeguarding and protection

Useful child protection links

Action for Children –
Barnardo’s –
Beating Eating Disorders –
Bullying UK –
Carers UK –
Childline –
Contact a Family –
Family & Parenting Institute –
Internet safety –
Kidscape –
Mind –
Gingerbread –
Parentline Plus –
Youngminds –

Our Safeguarding Policy

The purpose of the Haltwhistle Academy safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:

Protect children and young people at our school from maltreatment;

Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;

Ensure that children and young people at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;

Undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our school to have the best outcomes.

External Contact Numbers

Children’s Services Hexham – 01434 611499

Childline – 0800 1111

NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000

Internal Safeguading Staff

Designated Safeguarding lead – Mrs Susie Drake (Middle Academy)

Designated Safeguarding lead – Mrs Susie Drake (First Academy)

Deputy Safeguarding lead – Mrs Janet Nicholson (Middle Academy)

Deputy Safeguarding lead – Miss Sarah Gregson (First Academy)


Operation Encompass

This is a new innovative project in which schools in Northumberland are participating, and which is run in partnership with Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police. 



Helping Hands

 Children at Haltwhistle First Academy have learnt that its good to talk if you have a problem.  Every child is able to identify their “helping hands”, the five people who will listen to them if they have a problem they need to share, and ‘lend a hand’ to try and resolve the issue.  These people are different for every child, usually a mixture of parents, siblings, friends and school staff.  This approach is the first step for every child in our school community to learn to speak out to keep themselves safe. 


 At Haltwhistle First Academy we use the NSPCC PANTS approach to teach our children about the underwear rule.  Information about this approach has been sent to parents, or can be found by following this link.