Caldew Lea Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all pupils. We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse.

According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to all aspects of school life and involves a collective set of measures to ensure every child is kept safe. It includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more. A detailed definition can be found in our Overall Safeguarding Statement (visit

If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, or if you have any safeguarding queries, please contact our School Safeguarding Team.

Prevent Statement

Prevent Strategy

Prevent is one of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


The prevent strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

Caldew Lea Primary School Prevent Strategy

The Caldew Lea School Prevent Strategy has been written in response to and in line with government guidance and forms part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy which seeks to:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views
  • Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which need to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health

All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

The purpose of the Caldew Lea School Prevent Strategy is to protect pupils from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and British values. To this end it acts to;

  • Raise awareness
  • Provide information
  • Enable learners to make a positive contribution
  • Safeguard young people

At Caldew Lea Primary School pupils participate in a curriculum that promotes active learning and develops critical personal thinking skills. The school’s focus on active learning and questioning enables pupils to explore social and emotional aspects of learning throughout the curriculum. The School actively promotes diversity and shared values between the school community, the local community, the national and global community. We do this by celebrating our own school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. These School Values form the basis of our pupils understanding of wider communities and there are numerous academic and pastoral opportunities that embed this ethos.

The school challenges all prejudices and recognising pupils who are at risk of isolation. The emphasis on pastoral care through Rewards and Consequences, assemblies, PSHE, KidSafe and enrichment activities ensure that the school is a safe place to learn and that anti-bullying strategies minimise hate and prejudice-based bullying.

The school seeks justice for incidences of such bullying and uses restorative approaches to repair harm when caused.


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Miss Ayesha Weston and our Deputy DSLs are Mr Tony Clayton and Mrs Sarah Scott. Phone: 01228 526611.

The Cumbria Education Trust’s Child Protection and Engagement Officer is Mrs G Creighton

Designated Person responsible for children who are looked after or previously looked after children is Miss Ayesha Weston.

Useful information for parents


NSPCC helpline –  0800 136 663

National Online Safety

CEOP for Parents/Carers

Parents’ Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. Caldew Lea Primary School engages with this scheme.

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership

Every Local Authority area has an Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCB’s are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for testing how effectively this happens. The Cumbria LSCB became The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) in 2019.