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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.


If you are looking at this website and have an urgent safeguarding concern which you are not able to discuss with a member of staff, please use these contacts:

MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) – Office hours T: 01904 551900

North Yorkshire Emergency Out of Hours Duty Team T: 01609 780780

Urgent assistance with mental health, please call York CAMHS Crisis Team T: 08000 516171

Designated Child Protection Staff

James McGann: Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Leader

Charlotte Grason-Taylor: Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Deputy

Lucy Scrowston: Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Deputy

Jenny Parker: Safeguarding Governor 

Keeping Our Children Safe

At Woodthorpe Primary we are committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare and well-being of all of our pupils and adults. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils and families.

Everyone working in our school has a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe by providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.

The best advice that we can give any child, or adult, if they feel that they or someone else is unsafe is to TELL SOMEONE!

Current school safeguarding newsletters:

Safeguarding update – Summer 2024

Safeguarding update –  Spring 2024


The York MASH Team

The York MASH team provides professionals and members of the public with advice, information and support about services for children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk. The service aims to help practitioners to deliver the right help to the right children and young people at the right time and support practitioners to work in an integrated way with children, young people and their families.

Are you concerned about a child? Contact #YorkMASH on 01904 551900 or email Further information can be found on the CYSCP website #helpustohelpthem

Did you know we’ve got a safeguarding hub which you can contact about any concerns or worries that you have about a child or young person? You can contact them on 01904 551900 or email information can be found here #helpustohelpthem.

Are you concerned about a child?

Call Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01904 551900. If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. Further information can be found here #helpustohelpthem

When schools, colleges and childcare settings are not open to all, this may mean some children and young people are more isolated and vulnerable. To find out about support available, get in touch on 01904 551900 or #earlyhelpYork #helpustohelpthem.

This can be a stressful and uncertain time for some families. Reach out to find out about support available, 01904 551900 or #earlyhelpYork #helpustohelpthem.

Sometimes children and families need some extra support. Early help brings together people from the right services who can work with you and your family to help make things better. To find out about support available, get in touch on 01904 551900 or #earlyhelpYork #helpustohelpthem.

The Underwear Rule

Simple conversations really can help keep your child safe, and that’s what we will help you do. We want to help parents and carers talk to their children about staying safe. The Underwear Rule is just one way that – together – we can prevent child abuse.

We teach our pupils the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule using the ‘PANTS’ acrostic.

PANTS stands for:

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

National Help Lines and Websites

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) 0870 000 3344

The UK’s national police centre for protecting young people and children from sexual abuse.

Childline (24 hours): 0800 1111

Free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK.

Childnet  T: 020 7639 6967

A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a safe place for children.

Contact-A-Family T: 020 7608 8700  Helpline 0808 808 3555

Support for families of children with disabilities.

Cry-sis T: 08451 228 669  Help line open 9am-10pm 7 days a week.

Help for parents/carers with persistently crying and/or sleepless babies.

Family Rights Group T: 020  7923 2628 Main Office. Helpline 0808 801 0366

Support with child protection procedures. 10-3.30pm Mon-Fri

Kidscape  T: 020 7730 3300  Helpline 08451 205 204, or ring Childline 0800 1111

Deals with bullying, stranger danger, threats of abuse.

Lucy Faithfull Foundation T: 01527 591922

A child protection charity specialising in working with people perpetrating and affected by child sexual abuse.

NCH Action for Children T: 020 7704 7000

Supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

Netmums T: 01923 639180

Web based parenting organisation to help parents share information and advice.

NSPCC Child Protection Line T: 0808 800 500

Acts in cases of neglect and abuse of children.

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) T: 0800 085 3330

For adult survivors of incest and abuse.

Respond T: 020 7383 0700. Helpline 0808 808 0700

Sexual abuse and people with learning disabilities.

Online safety tools for families.

Think You Know

Online educational resources for children and young people provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Women’s Aid T: 0117 944 4411   Freephone 24 hr helpline 0808 2000 247

Emergency accommodation for abused women and children.

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