We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All schools in North Yorkshire, including ours, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board (NYSCB) procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, aim to discuss all concerns with parents and carers about their child/ren.  However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures).  The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.

Our Designated Adults for Child Protection are given below.

If you are worried, or have concerns about a child, please speak to one of the team.

Mrs Nicola Dobson (Headteacher)

Mrs Nicola Dobson (Headteacher)

The Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Paula Reynolds (Deputy Head Teacher/SENDCo)

Mrs Paula Reynolds (Deputy Head Teacher/SENDCo)

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Clare White (Chair of Governors)

Mrs Clare White (Chair of Governors)

The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding

Bolton-on-Swale St Mary’s CE Primary School Safeguarding Statement

At Bolton-on-Swale St Mary’s the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We aim to fulfil this expectation by implementing and regularly reviewing policies and practices relevant to safeguarding and promoting child welfare.

The documents below provide further information about our commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection.

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership provides contact details and information about how to report concerns about children

Where there are significant immediate concerns about the safety of a child, you should contact the police on 999

Everyone has a responsibility to refer a child when it is believed or suspected that a child:

  • Has suffered significant harm and /or;
  • Is likely to suffer significant harm and/or;
  • Has developmental and welfare needs which are likely only to be met through provision of family support services (with agreement of the child’s parent).


If you believe the situation is urgent but does not require the police, please call 0300 131 2 131 to make a telephone contact.

Should your call be outside of business hours (Monday – Friday / 9am-5pm) please still call 0300 131 2 131 to speak to the Emergency Duty Team.

The NYSCP website also contains LADO information for allegations against staff or volunteers. LADO Duty Local Authority Designated Officer can be contacted: or 01609 533080 in office hours. Where there is an immediate threat to a child please contact the Police or the contact the Emergency Duty Team (if outside office hours) on 0300 131 2 131.

The NYSCP website also supports with next steps once a concern is identified. The Professionals Consultation Line is 01609 535070 (in office hours).