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Safeguarding at Sharlston

If you have safeguarding concerns about a child, please contact Wakefield Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for consultation and advice on

03458 503 503.

Please remember that if a child is in immediate danger, an emergency call should be made (999 on the telephone)



The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Vicki Murray(Deputy Headteacher)
Contact details: email: vmurray@watertonacademytrust.org tel: 01924 863044




We also have two Deputy DSL’s in school:


Headteacher Julie Dunderdale
Contact details: email: jdunderdale@watertonacademytrust.org tel: 01924 863044






DSL / Pastoral Leader / Health & Well-Being Leader Helen Clayton
Contact details: email: hclayton@watertonacademytrust.org tel: 01924 863044







The nominated ASC committee member for child protection and safeguarding is Mrs Nicole Easterby
Contact details: email: neasterby@watertonacademytrust.org


The Chair of the ASC (Academy Standards Committee) is Mrs Larraine Harrison
Contact details: email: lharrison@watertonacademytrust.org

Policies for Safeguarding and Child Protection

At Sharlston School, several policies support our Safeguarding procedures in school.

Please clicks for links to the documents:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies



Operation Encompass

Our school takes part in the Operation Encompass project that runs jointly between schools and West Yorkshire Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young
person has experienced, any domestic abuse. Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, (one of the DSLs) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with professionals, in confidence, to ensure the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have experienced a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this is extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Find out more by clicking this link:  Operation Encompass


Online Safety and Useful Websites for Parents and their child

Please see our school Online safety Policy (see above link) and also click on the hyperlinks below for further information:


WF-I-CAN is a place to find information and advice as well as self-help tips that can increase confidence and resilience.


CEOP Online Reporting
Are you worried about the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors


Educate Against Hate
Government advice and trusted resources to safeguard young people from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.


E-safety Information for Parents of the Under 5’s
Frequently asked questions, information and tips to help keep under 5’s safe online.


National Online Safety – 7 Questions to help you start a conversation with your child about online safety
7 questions that will help you start an initial conversation with your child, so you have a better understanding of what they do online and how you can protect them.


O2 and NSPCC Helpline Poster
Some issues are easier to talk through. So O2 and NSPCC have set up a free helpline to help keep children safe online.


Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.


Provides mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research.


Prevent Awareness Pamphlet for Parents
Prevent is a government strategy designed to prevent the support of extremist causes.


Share Aware Booklet
We tell children it’s good to share, but online it’s different. That’s why we’re asking parents and carers to be Share Aware.


Social Media Age Restrictions Guide for Parents
Are you aware of the minimum age for account numbers on popular social media sites and apps?


Social Media Guidance for Parents
A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.


Teaching Online Safety in School – DfE
Guidance supporting schools to teach their pupils how to stay safe online, within new and existing school subjects.


Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership
The Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) is a partnership of all of the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people living in Wakefield.

The WSCP is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant children’s organisations in Wakefield co-operate to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people and to ensure the effectiveness of the work they carry out.


Watch with your child – ages 4 to 7 years – to learn about Esafety – Jessie and Friends
This series of three animations aims to give 4-7 year olds knowledge, skills and confidence to help them respond safely to risks they may encounter online.


Watch with your child – ages 7 to 11 years – to learn about Esafety – The adventures of Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew
These cartoons illustrate 5 e-safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions.


Your Child’s Online World Booklet O2 and NSPCC
This booklet offers some simple guidance about the risks your child might face online, some advice about what you can do to keep them safe, and where you can go for more help and support.


Online Gaming Information for Parents 

Online games are played using a computer console, and generally over the internet, using a mobile device or via an application. Online games often allow players (gamers) the ability to communicate with other ‘gamers’ online. There are a huge variety of games available.

Whilst we recognise gaming can be a fabulous method of linking up with friends and family, a source of entertainment and can facilitate development of communication skills and teamwork; online gaming can also post social and technological risks to gamers.


PEGI Ratings

Pan European Game Information (PEGI) is a European video game content rating system established to help European consumers make informed decisions when buying video games or apps through the use of age recommendations and content descriptors. Essentially, the PEGI rating on a game confirms that it contains content suitable for a certain age group and above. So a 7-rated game is suitable for everyone who is seven or older, while an 18-rated game is deemed suitable for adults only. PEGI offer a search facility to allow parents and carers to make informed decisions in regards to the content within games they feel suitable for their child(ren).


Parental Controls

Many of you will be familiar with the more traditional gaming formats and popular consoles – Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo and PC. Internet Matters have created step by step parental control guides for smartphones, search engines, broadband, mobile networks, social media and gaming consoles to assist parents and carers in putting them in control of what content their child(ren) can see.



Further Information for Parents and Carers

Childline contact number 0800 11 11 .

A new online tool has been launched by Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation, which will allow the under 18s to report any nude image of themselves that have found their way onto the internet.  This is simply done by creating an account with Childline and reporting a particular image.

Childnet International
Online Gaming: An introduction for parents and carers. This leaflet explores the online gaming environment and provides a wealth of safety advice.

Common Sense Media
Provides reviews for what children want to watch (before they watch it) – Trusted ratings created with families in mind.

Internet Matters.Org
Learn more about the benefits of mobile games, how children are interacting with them and the potential issues to be aware of.

NSPCC – Online Games
Advice for parents to understand the risks and help your child play online games safely.


Emergency Procedures 

School has regular drills to practice Evacuation and Invacuation in the case of an emergency. Our off site evacuation point is Sharlston Rovers Rugby Club.


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