Pocklington Community Junior School



At Pocklington Junior School we promote a culture of safeguarding where it is everyone’s responsibility to protect our children from harm.                                                  

Miss Whitworth – DSL  Mrs Foxton – DDSL Miss Kirk – DDSL


If you need to report a concern

If you have a concern about any of the children in our care, we urge you to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Miss Kirsty Whitworth, no matter how minor you think your concern may be.

  • Please be assured that any concerns or information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  • We will investigate as necessary with any relevant parties, be this external agencies, staff, parents or other.


Designated People and Advice Contact List

Designated Safeguarding Lead Miss Kirsty Whitworth 01759 302224

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Kelly Foxton 01759 302224

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Miss Sophie Kirk 01759 302224

Safeguarding and Partnership Hub (SaPH) Child Protection and referral support and advice 01482 395500


Office hours:

Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 5pm

Friday 8:30am – 4.30pm

Early Help and Prevention Hub Early Help advice and family support services 01482 391700


Office hours:

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm.

Humberside Police (non emergency) Report non-urgent incidents or crimes or get crime prevention advice. 101
National Counter Terrorism Hotline Counter Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working with intelligence partners to prevent, deter and investigate terrorist activity. 0800 789 321


What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger for example, via the Internet. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.

Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.

They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.


Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
  • protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
  • ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
  • It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

How do we teach our children to be safe?

At Pocklington Junior School, our curriculum supports the children’s understanding on how to keep themselves safe in and outside of school. This includes: healthy relationships, keeping fit, wellbeing and looking after our bodies. Our Computing curriculum teaches our children how to stay safe on online, using the internet appropriately, social media and how to report concerns such as cyberbullying.

We also provide:

  • An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant intervention (ELSA) – a project designed to help schools support the emotional needs of their pupils.

  • Scootability Level 1 for all pupils to promote the safety of travelling to school on scooters.

  • NSPCC workshops on how to ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe.’

  • Weekly whole school safeguarding assemblies.
  • Workshops with our School Liaison Officer and School Nurse.

Useful documents

Keeping children safe in education 2023

Safeguarding policy 2023 – 2024