Bracken Edge Primary School

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0113 2623335

Bracken Edge Primary School

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We believe that school should be a place where children feel safe, valued and listened to. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach so that we can support all of our children and families.

Everyone working in our school has the responsibility and understands their roles and duties in the effective safeguarding and protection of every child in our care. We aim to identify children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer from significant harm, and take appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at school and home. Our priority is to provide a safe environment for children and young people, enabling them to learn develop to their fullest potential.

The school has staff who are trained as designated safeguarding personnel, Miss Carr, Mrs Lunn, Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Garratt and Ms Ahmad. They ensure that any child protection concerns which are raised about a child are dealt with quickly, safely and fairly. It is our duty to report any serious concerns to the relevant authority. 

To read the Keeping Children Safe in Education Policy from the DfE, please click here

To read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, please click here

If you have any concerns about a child at our school, please talk to us. The above people are our Designated Staff for Child Protection.

If you see something outside school which makes you worried about a child's safety, you should contact social care on 0113 222 4403.

If you have an urgent concern about a child, or you need advice or information, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you think a child is in immediate danger, do not delay - call the police on 999.

NSPCC Helpline

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in educational setting. 

Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.

The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at [email protected].

Useful links and contacts
Childline - advice about a wide range of issues
Mindmate - information about mental health and organisations that can help
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
NSPCC - Online Safety
CEOP - online safety
Net Aware - Your guide to social networks, apps and games
Leeds Women's Aid - 0113 2460401 (24 hours) Textphone @ 07825 156087 (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm)


 Keeping Children Safe in Education


Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.

School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers.

Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Bracken Edge Primary School

  • are good role models for children
  • enjoy their work and working with children
  • are conscientious and hard-working
  • welcome to support visitors to school
  • recognize and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
  • work within the agreed policies of the school
  • promote a happy, caring and safe school
  • encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
  • create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
  • challenge and support children in their learning.


There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:

Child Protection

This is a sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Bracken Edge Primary School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There are four designated officers for child protection in school and there is also a named governor for child protection. The child protection policy can be viewed here – Child Protection Policy The Leeds model policy has been adopted, by the headteacher and governing body of Bracken Edge. The policy is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by the safeguarding team. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice. We also follow other statutory guidance, for example, “Keeping Children Safe in Education”, which provides us with a framework for our work on Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment.


Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Pastoral team and in more serious cases the Headteacher.  We also work closely with the attendance officer of the Together Cluster. 

Click here for our attendance policy (March 2023-March 2024)


High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Positive Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems.  Our children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.

School rules poster click here

Click here for our behaviour policy 23-24
Click here for Governor behaviour Principles 2023-2025

Health and Safety

Everyone at Bracken Edge Primary knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have many first-aiders amongst our staff and  they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.


Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness.


Prevent (Radicalisation & preventing extremism)

As part of Bracken Edge Primary School's ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy. You can find our Prevent Risk assessment here

 From 1 July 2015, all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.

 At Bracken Edge, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.

 The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Prevent Awareness online Training. All our staff have completed this training, understand what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.


A short booklet (see below) and supporting slide pack for parents and carers covering:

  • what Prevent is
  • definitions and key terms
  • ways to start difficult conversations
  • signs and indicators that a young person may be susceptible to radicalisation
  • how to raise concerns about a child or young person who may have been radicalised

Parent/Carer leaflet click here

More information is available from the Educate against Hate website and from

The Leeds.Gov.Uk support for people at risk of radicalisation (Leeds Prevent) can be found here

Leeds One Minute Guide about radicalisation and preventing extremism can be found here 

If you're worried about someone

Call or email Leeds council and  discuss your concerns. Theywill ask you why you think someone is at risk and decide how we can help. 

We may ask you to complete a referral form so that we can support the person you're worried about.

Phone: 0113 535 0810 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm)

Email: [email protected]

You can also call the police Prevent team on 0113 241 3386 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm).

If you're worried about a family member, friend or someone you know at risk, visit Act Early for help, support and advice on preventing radicalisationexternal link.

You can call the police at any time on 101, or 999 if it's an emergency.


Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of
law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a
political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Frequently Asked Questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be partof our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
 Democracy
 The rule of law
 Individual liberty and mutual respect
 Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.

The School will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.


The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. The document has been created in line with national and local guidance.

Acceptable Use of ICT 

This policy states what is acceptable in terms of use of hardware, use of the internet and publishing content. It is intended for all ICT users at Bracken Edge Primary: staff, children, governors etc. Acceptable use of ICT is defined as activities that provide children with appropriate learning experiences or that allow adults to enhance their own professional development.

Safer recruitment and selection

This aspect is taken very seriously. Relevant staff have received appropriate training in safer recruitment process.  Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.


If parents have any complaints, we will listen to your concerns and will follow up any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children and  no problem is too small. There is a clear procedure in place; the headteacher will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues and if you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you could contact our Governing Body. 


The policies mentioned above can be found and downloaded from our polices page.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders make sure that staff are trained well and receive updates to safeguarding guidance. This includes regular briefings and a daily safeguarding question to keep staff knowledge up to date. Staff work hard to build strong relationships with families. They know pupils and their families well. Staff are vigilant and know how to identify any risks that pupils may face. They swiftly follow up any concerns over pupils’ welfare. Leaders and governors check that staff follow safeguarding procedures consistently. Leaders are tenacious in using links with external agencies to help pupils and families get the support
that they need. (Ofsted June 2023)

Click here


Our named designated safeguarding lead officer on the senior leadership team with lead responsibility and management oversight/accountability for child protection is Jane Lunn. In the absence of the designated safeguarding lead our deputy DSL's are Jane Griffiths, Nadia Ahmad, Caroline Carr and Naomi Garratt

The additional Designated staff members are Caroline Carr, Naomi Garratt, Jane Griffiths and Nadia Ahmad. 

The named governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Charlotte McCallum, she can be contacted via the school office.

If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to speak to one of the above members of staff who can be contacted by telephone on 0113 2623335 


Parent Info is a comprehensive, free resource for schools covering a range of safeguarding topics and information about apps and when they are updated.  The content is updated by CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) and is a valuable reference point for parents / carers. 

Please click on the links below for lots of useful advice and tips.

Articles from the parent info website appear below and will automatically update.  Please continue to visit this page for the latest guidance and advice.  

Designated staff are responsible for ensuring that:

  • timely and appropriate safeguarding action is taken where necessary, following local and national policy and procedure;
  • staff at Bracken Edge are equipped with the necessary training and development;
  • robust systems are in place for recording and safely sharing information.



Getaway Girls is supporting girls and young women. We now have a free phone no. with support by phone, FaceTime and interactive activities See flyer attached and video below of Jojo, Capital FM introducing our support and opportunities available. 

Protecting Your Child From Extremism and Radicalisation (2023)


Please see below for a range of helpful documents, guidance and advice.


Please look through the Downloads to see what you might like help or advice with...

 Safeguarding & child-protection-policy 2020-21.docxDownload
 Safeguarding Child Protection BEPS Policy 2022-2023.docxDownload
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