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The designated member of staff for Safe Guarding in this school is Mrs A Clay

in the first instance.


In her absence, contact Mrs Alison Massey or Miss Sophie Howard.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. 

We are here to help.


Mrs Clay Safeguarding training:                         NYCC CCPP Safeguarding Children, 30/01/2018

                                                                                 Safer Recruitment in Education, 13/06/2019

                                                                                 County Line Training 13/03/2020

                                                                                 Updates in Keeping Children Safe in Education 09/09/2021

Mrs Massey Safeguarding training:                   Designated Safeguarding Lead Virtual Training, 18/06/2020

                                                                                 Updates in Keeping Children Safe in Education 09/09/2021

Miss Sophie Howard                                            Designated Safeguarding Lead Virtual Training, 20/01/2021

                                                                                 Updates in Keeping Children Safe in Education 09/09/2021


A copy of our Child Protection Policy can be found in the Policies section on this website.


Download a copy of our 'Keeping Children Safe' leaflet here.


Safeguarding Statement


Name of Academy

Topcliffe CofE Academy

Head teacher

Mrs Abigail Clay

Next Most Senior Member of Staff

Mrs Alison Massey

Miss Sophie Howard

Chair of Governors

Mr Richard Tindall

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs Abigail Clay

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Mrs Alison Massey

Miss Sophie Howard



DSL for Elevate Multi Academy Trust:

Nigel Ashley CEO

Safeguarding Trustee

Alison Smith

Elevate School Improvement Lead for Safeguarding

Sharon Robertson


Elevate Multi Academy Trust (Elevate) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within its family of Academies. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Elevate and its Academies believe that the child’s welfare is always of paramount concern, and that all children have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with Elevate’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Elevate and its Academies recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its children by protecting them from emotional, sexual or physical harm and from neglect or bullying. They acknowledge that child abuse can be a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with judgement about the action to be taken.

Every adult is expected to play their part in safeguarding our children. Each Academy supports this through safeguarding and child protection awareness training. All staff in all of our Academies know the procedures that should be followed should they have any concerns about a child. All staff know where to go should they require some information, help and guidance.


Elevate supports each Academy in the following ways:

  • Fully adopting the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance September 2021 and section 3 of the Early Years Framework March 2021;
  • Undertaking safeguarding external/internal reviews and Local Authority audits on an annual basis;
  • Ensuring each Academy adheres to Elevate’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and other safeguarding policies and procedures that details Academy specific advice and designated safeguarding officer details;
  • Ensuring each Academy has a governor on its Local Governing Body with special responsibility for safeguarding;
  • Having a Trustee with special responsibility for safeguarding, who liaises with Elevate’s School Improvement lead for Safeguarding and the Safeguarding link governors;
  • All staff receive regular training on child protection procedures, including Prevent and Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.


Reporting Concerns about a Child

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child at any of our Academies contact the relevant Designated Safeguarding Officer in each Academy. Details can be found on each Academy website.


Reporting Concerns about an Adult Working or Volunteering in Our Academies

If you are concerned about an adult working or volunteering in any of our Academies contact the Head teacher or if it is a concern against the Head teacher then the next most senior member of staff must be informed and the Chair of Governors.

Safer Recruitment

All applicants for employment at Elevate and its Academies will be fully vetted in accordance with DfE Guidelines Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.


Related Policy Areas:

This statement is part of a coherent to approach to safeguarding children in our Academies and a number of other policies are either in existence or under development that support its’ implementation including:



Attendance Policy

Behaviour Policy

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Code of Conduct for Employees



EVC and Off-site Educational Visits


First Aid

Health & Safety

Intimate Care


On line Safety

Photography, Video, Internet Usage

Positive Handling (RPI);

Supporting Children with Medical Conditions 

Safe Recruitment and Selection Policy

Searching Screening and Confiscation



These policies can be found on the website.