Safeguarding Information for Parents

At Middlestown Primary Academy we are committed to promoting the safeguarding and welfare of our children.

We have a Designated Safeguarding Team as below:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs C Ashcroft (SLT, SENDCo)
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs H Young (Headteacher). Miss C Rooke (Teacher), Mr J Andrews (Teacher), Mrs N Asquith (Teacher) and Miss H Cooper (Office Manager).
  • Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Kath Turner.

What does safeguarding mean?

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Protecting their health and development;
  • Ensuring they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • To enable children to have the best life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

At Middlestown Primary Academy we take our safeguarding responsibility very seriously and achieve this in the following ways:

Physical Safety

Have one entrance into the school building for visitors, ensuring that they sign in and out and wear a visitor lanyard (red for those with a DBS check and a yellow one for those without).

Have termly fire drills.

Have termly health and safety walks carried out by a member of the Accord premises team and caretaker.

Carry out risk assessments prior to any off-site visit.

Emotional Safety

Have a values-based ethos where everyone is valued and views are treated with respect.

Provide a safe environment that provides opportunities to share any concerns, e.g. through circle time, SEALs work and our worry box.

Have a Learning Mentor with whom the children can share concerns.

Conduct nurture groups for vulnerable children.


All the staff that work in school are subject to DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checks.

All staff members attend regular safeguarding training.

Our safeguarding policy is reviewed annually.

Staff are trained in First Aid, with 6 members of staff having the Paediatric First Aid certificate – Mrs Carr, Miss Cooper, Mrs Centeno, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Jones and Mrs Quinn.

The school has a trained designated safeguarding lead (DSL): Mrs Ashcroft and five Deputy DSLs: Mrs Young, Miss Rooke, Mr Andrews, Mrs Asquith and Miss Cooper.


We ensure that topics such as road safety, Bikeability, stranger danger, e-safety and anti-bullying are taught in class, in assemblies and through themed weeks.

What if I have concerns?

Everyone has a responsibility to report any concerns they may have if they feel a child is at risk of physical/ emotional harm or neglect. You can speak in confidence to any professional you know, be it a teacher, doctor or health visitor. Don’t think ‘what if I’m wrong?’ think ‘what if I’m right?’.

If you require any more information on safeguarding, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance 2023



Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issue which causes distress or concern.

Childline: 0800 1111  

Digital Safeguarding

Many children spend a lot of time on the computer or their mobile phone. The internet is a fabulous and exciting way of communicating, learning and entertaining, however we need to make sure that our children are using it safely.

Ask yourself:

How much do I know about the websites my child is visiting? How can I make it safe for my child to use the internet? How can I set parental controls to prevent unsuitable website viewing? Have I warned my child about being careful to whom they give their number and email address?

Here you can find some information about popular apps and games and how to make informed choices about how to support your children when using them.

Below are links to various websites providing useful information on digital safeguarding.

Wakefield Families Together

Wakefield Families Together brings services together, so that it’s easier for you to find and access the support you need, at the earliest opportunity.

Learn more here:

Pupil ICT/ Online Acceptable Use Agreement

At Middlestown Primary Academy, we take our pupils’ safety seriously, including online safety. All parents are asked to sign an acceptable use agreement, which is included in the Middlestown Starter Pack, with regards to their child(s) online safety. A child-friendly version is then shared with the children in their respective classes, where they all agree on how the internet and social media should be used to ensure their continued safety (these can be viewed via the links below).

Our school will actively encourage children to think critically about content and communication from others and develop strategies for recognising inappropriate content/behaviours and how to deal with them. In return, the school expects the children to demonstrate that they are responsible users of digital technologies. Please support us to do this by reading the agreement and completing the form.

  • Parental Controls Booklet 2021

  • How to Set Parental Controls

  • Guide to Social Networks, Apps and Games

  • Thinkuknow Education Programme

  • CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command

  • West Yorkshire Police's Online Guides

  • Parents' Guide to Youtube

  • Parents' Guide to Fortnite

  • Parents' Guide to the App Store

  • Parents' Guide to Tiktok


MOMO Challenge

Please see the documents below for information and advice on the ‘MOMO Challenge’.

  • MOMO Factsheet

  • MOMO Online Safety Guide for Parents



Minimum age according to Snapchat 13+

This is Snapchat’s minimum age. What do you think is the right age for this app? Share your thoughts

Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo, short video or message to your contacts. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for up to 10 seconds before disappearing, or there is an option to have no time limit. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.


Minimum age according to Instagram    13+

This is Instagram’s minimum age. What do you think is the right age for this site? Share your thoughts

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram. Instagram allows for live streaming.


Minimum age according to Roblox 8+

This is Roblox’s minimum age. What do you think is the right age for this site?  Share your thoughts

Roblox is a user-generated gaming platform where you can create your own games or play games that other users have made. There is also the option to chat with other players, but this can be disabled.



Content sharing |

UPDATE: has now been replaced by TikTok the same age restrictions apply

Minimum age according to TikTok  13+

This is’s minimum age. What do you think is the right age for this app? Share your thoughts

TikTok allows you to create, share and discover short videos. You can share videos with friends or with other TikTok users.

  • Parents' Guide to TikTok

Sleep hygiene

Sleep is an important part of our well-being and can impact on our emotions, ability to function and ability to cope. It is quite common for children, adolescents and adults to experience some difficulties in sleeping from time to time. To support you and your family, you may find the following resources beneficial:

The Children’s Sleep Charity – A national award winning charity based in Doncaster which provides a range of leaflets and support for parents and professionals.

Unravel – Coronavirus and the importance of sleep for positive mental health.

Great Ormond StSleep hygiene 

Young Minds – Information about common sleep problems, with links to a parent helpline.

NHS Moodzone Audio – Dr Chris Williams explains what you can do to give yourself the best chance of a good night’s sleep – Suitable for adults although much of the advice is appropriate for children.

10 tips to beat insomnia

NHS promoted apps to support good sleep

How to sleep well checklist

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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