Statement of Intent

Benton Dene Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken.

This policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.

It will be achieved by:

  • Creating a culture of safer recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.
  • Teaching pupils how to keep safe and recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.
  • Identifying and making provision for any pupil that has been subject to abuse.
  • Ensuring that members of the governing board, the headteacher and staff members understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, are alert to the signs of child abuse and know to refer concerns to the DSL.
  • Ensuring that the headteacher and any new staff members and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.

The DSL is: Jill Wraith. In the absence of the DSL, child protection matters will be dealt with by Gillian Reiling and Ashleigh Lawrence. All of whom can be contacted on 0191 466 1818.


If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child in North Tyneside the Front Door Service is the first point of contact for everyone.

To contact the Front Door Service call 0345 2000 109.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub will be led by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Northumbria Police, health services and Harbour, a domestic abuse charity. Schools and probation services will also involved.

The hub, which will be based at North Tyneside Council’s head office, brings together professionals in one team to deal with issues quickly and effectively.

To contact the Front Door Service call 0345 2000 109.