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Keeping Safe

We are committed to making sure that our school is a safe and happy place to be. Ofsted commented on our well established and systematic approach to ensuring that everything ensures the children's safety.  

Pupils are regularly reminded how to keep themselves safe, this maybe during lessons, assembly time or through visitors to school.

Everybody in school take health and safety very seriously. If you see anything that could be improved please mention it to a member of staff.

All children in school are regularly reminded about who they can talk to if they feel worried, sad or upset. This includes the four members of staff who are responsible for safeguarding children.

Our Safeguarding Team

There are four Safeguarding Leads in school, Mrs Davis is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. Mrs Mills is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Mir and Mrs Ahmad are also Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Our Chair of Governors, Mrs J Phillips leads on safeguarding for our Governing Body

You can find out more about our school's safeguarding and child protection arrangements in the policies below:



What to do if you have a concern about a child

If you have any safeguarding concerns or are worried about the safety and welfare of a child please speak to one of our Safeguarding Leads without delay. 

Parents and other members of the school community can also contact the Kirklees Children's Services Duty and Advice Team on 01484 456848 or email DutyandAdvice@kirklees.gcsx.gov.uk

More information about safeguarding children in Kirklees can be found on the following website

Please read our Safeguarding Policy to find out more about how we keep children safe.



Birkby Junior School is fully comitted to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and terrorism is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. 

School uses the Kirklees PREVENT Strategy. The aim of PREVENT is to safeguard and support young people and adults who may be vulnerable to radicilsation, to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

For more information on the Kirklees PREVENT Strategy please click here


E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Birkby Junior School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety policy. E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. All pupils at our school agree to following the rules that are set out within our Acceptable use policy.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

You can find out more at the following websites:

Tips for safe use of the computer at home:

  1. Make sure you know which internet sites your child is using.
  2. Children in primary school should not have a computer in their bedroom.
  3. If your child uses social networking sites e.g MSN Messenger, make sure you know who they are in contact with.
  4. Please remember Facebook states; 'If you are under 13 - you are not allowed to use the site'.

Social Media Usage

Every day it seems like a new form of social media is launched, each time bringing with it as much potential for misuse as for positive use.  It is very difficult to know the differences and risks between them, and this can make it harder to keep our young people safe!  We are often asked by parents 'what is the best way to stay up to speed with the social media landscape?' and the answer has not been a simple one in the past.  Thankfully there is now a website which goes a long way to making it easy for parents to stay on top of the newest apps and sites:


You can search on individual apps and it gives a very clear, straightforward summary of what it does and doesn't do.  It covers everything from how easy it is for youngsters to sign up, to the content normally on the app and, importantly, how easy it is to set privacy settings.

Safeguarding and our Curriculum

Safety and safeguarding are embedded in the Birkby Junior School curriculum (see below). School also has strong links with a range of local and national Safeguarding partners, including PREVENT, our Local Policing Team, NSPCC and Kirklees Youth Intervention Team. 

Year Group

Coverage may include;

Year 3




  • E-safety
  • Dental Health with School Nurse
  • Being Healthy (diet and exercise)
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Friendship
  • Anti-Bullying Day workshops
  • Learning to swim (paused during COVID)
  • Pedestrian Training
  • NSPCC assembly ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ campaign

Year 4




  • E-safety
  • Dental Health
  • Stranger Danger
  • Safety in the Home including medicines and other dangers
  • Safety in the Community
  • Smoking (tobacco)
  • Understanding emotions and changes
  • Anti-Bullying Day workshops
  • NSPCC assembly ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ campaign

Year 5




  • E-safety
  • Bikeability
  • Fire Safety
  • SPICED programme delivered in conjunction with Police (alcohol, drugs and substance misuse)
  • Health and Hygiene with School Nurse
  • Anti-Bullying Day workshops
  • Keeping safe in the Community (focus on friendships and peer pressure/gangs)
  • Personal Hygiene and Being Healthy
  • Anti-Bullying Day workshops
  • NSPCC assembly  and workshop ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ campaign

Year 6




  • My First Mobile programme (phone and web safety)
  • Kirklees gang team theatre in education (grooming and gangs)
  • E-safety
  • Bikeability
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Sex and Relationship education including puberty
  • Anti-Bullying Day workshops
  • NSPCC assembly  and workshop ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ campaign

Whole School Assembly Themes

Examples include:

  • Water safety e.g. Canal and River Trust
  • Building Site Safety (linked to school building developments)
  • Bonfire Night Safety
  • Road Safety
  • Safety near Train lines
  • Police and PCSO messages
  • Internet Safety
  • Awareness raising re DSL role
  • Behaviour and Safety



Operation Encompass

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Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

Operation Encompass means that the Education Safeguarding Service will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when the police have been called to a domestic incident.

Once a DSL has attended at an Operation Encompass briefing, they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all DSLs.

Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

Our DSLs have also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.

We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.

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