Keeping Children Safe

Child Protection Lead Person: Mrs Julie Cort

Child Protection Lead Person: Mrs Angela Roberts

Child Protection Lead Person: Miss Wendy Blyth

Child Protection Governor:     Miss Jackie Brown

How do we incorporate safety in to our curriculum?

As a rights respecting school we all understand fully the importance of keeping ourselves safe from any form of harm (physical or mental) and we all strive to make South Hylton Primary Academy a safe and stimulating environment where children respect diversity and difference, support one another, enjoy their learning and achieve to the best of their ability.

We recognise that our children have got the right to:

  • A non-discriminatory education (Article 2)
  • Survival and development (Article 6)
  • Protection from all forms of violence (Article 19)
  • Good quality health care (Article 24) 
  • Whole School Assemblies

This important aspect of learning is embedded in to the curriculum across school and children are continuously made aware of its importance. Enrichment opportunities are carefully planned for so that children experience and learn about safety in an engaging and practical way. Visits and visitors are organised throughout the year so that we all learn how to look after ourselves and know how to stay safe!

Our policies underpin our practice and every day procedures for keeping all children free from harm. Policies such as Child Protection, Behaviour and Discipline, Anti-Bullying, First Aid and Medical Needs, and several others (we have a comprehensive list), ensure all adults working with your children are rigorously and continuously protecting your children whilst they are in our care.

At the same time we provide explicit learning experiences so children learn about keeping safe as they grow up.

How do we make children aware of issues surrounding safety?

  • Anti-Bullying

    As a school we take bullying very seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported. Bullying will not be tolerated! The school will seek ways to counter the effects of bullying that may occur within school or in the local community. The ethos of our school fosters high expectations of outstanding behaviour and we will challenge any behaviour that falls below this. 

Bullying can be:


1. Emotional

2. Physical

3. Racial

4. Sexual

5. Homophobic

6. Verbal (direct or indirect)

7. Cyber

We are very proud of all our children and are pleased to mention that Ofsted (2012) recognised that our children’s behaviour is outstanding. In order to maintain this we have embedded our children’s ideas in to our school and class charters so that everyone has a firm understanding of what is expected of them.

  • E-Safety

Opportunities to discuss E Safety with our children are embedded in to our computing curriculum and each classroom has an E Safety display so that children are fully aware of how to stay safe in the technological world that we now live in.


  • Bikeability

During the autumn term, Y5 pupils spent one week working with specialists who teach them how to ride a bike sensibly and with caution. All pupils learn how to apply these skills when cycling outside of school and on roads. Additionally, children learn about road signs, crossings and traffic lights.

Explore the range of bikeability interactive activities using the link below:

  • Walk Wise

During the spring term, Y2 pupils work with a Road Safety Officer from the Local Authority and complete a six week programme which emphasises the importance of road safety. Pupils learn how to cross roads safely and are taught how to use a range of different crossings. Upon completion pupils are awarded with certificates, badges and stickers!

THINK! Education:

Tales of the Road (Interactive Activities):

Brake! Advice about road safety:

  • Fire Safety

We work closely with the local fire station and organise for a crew to attend school and speak with children across KS1 & 2. Children discuss a range of issues around fire safety and learn how to raise an alarm if they were to discover a fire. Most importantly, children learn about fire safety in the home (e.g. testing smoke alarms regularly).

For further information about fire safety in the home follow the link below:

  • Fireworks Safety


As we are positioned close by a Metro station we have developed close links with staff at NEXUS so that all of our children understand the importance of keeping themselves safe near by the Metro track. We have selected representatives from Y3 who work with NEXUS staff and complete regular inspections of the station!

  • RNLI

We are lucky enough to live close to the coast and it is often a great opportunity for us to spend some quality time in the sun during the summer months! However, the beach can also be a dangerous place if sensible decisions are not made so children across all key stages attend an annual assembly which is made by an RNLI expert. Children also develop an understanding of how important the RNLI lifeboat service is to the area and learn the meaning behind some of the flags you see when you’re at the beach.

Learn more about the ‘Safety Code’:

Beach Safety Games:

  • Swimming Lessons (Y3/4)

Once children enter KS2 it is a compulsory expectation that all children attend weekly swimming sessions at the local Aquatic Centre. Swimming is an essential life skill and we aim to ensure all children, by the end of Y4, can swim unaided and with confidence (up to 25m). KS2 children develop their knowledge and understanding of beach safety further by learning how to surf with the RNLI. During the surfing sessions children also learn how to rescue people safely in the sea. This is strictly supervised by RNLI lifeguards and children learn how to deal with emergency situations at the beach.

  • NSPCC (Child Line) & Fundraising

Children across the school have supported the NSPCC and raised an astonishing amount of money for their cause in recent years. During a whole school assembly we learn how any form of abuse or neglect is wrong and children learn how to raise a concern if they should ever need to.

Advice and tips for parents:  

  • Community Police

Our children have had the opportunity to listen to our community police officer so they can develop a firm understanding of ‘stranger danger’ and have been made aware of the potential risks that we could face when using social media. Children know how important it is to protect private and confidential details so these are not made available to others online in any way!

  • Water Safety

Our school is nearby the River Wear and is also close to the coast so it is essential that children at South Hylton Primary Academy understand the risks involved when playing in or around water. We have listened to an assembly about water safety and learnt how to keep safe… places like river banks may look like calm and quiet places to play but undercurrents, slippy rocks and poor swimming ability can have serious and devastating consequences.

Water Week was a huge success – children were given the opportunity to explore how we get fresh water, to understand where it comes from and find ways in which water can be saved and not wasted!

Take a look at the water safety checklist:

  • St John’s Ambulance (First Aid)

Y6 children have been fortunate enough to work with staff from St. John’s Ambulance where they have learnt how to deal with serious emergencies and incidents. Children are taught how to look after a casualty and how to look after themselves too! They have learnt basic first aid techniques so that most incidents can be dealt with safely until professional help arrives.

Take a look at some first aid advice for yourself: