At Priors Hall, we recognise that we have an explicit duty to safeguard and protect children from abuse as defined in the Children’s Act 2004 and the Education Act 2002. The overall intention and purpose behind Priors Hall’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is underpinned by the fundamental principle of the Children Act 1989: ‘The welfare of the child is paramount’.


Meet the Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ben Lynch (Deputy Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Tess McQuade (Headteacher), Justin Pye (KS2 Phase Lead), Charlotte Brazier (EYFS and KS1 Lead), Alex Crawford (Nursery Lead Teacher), Lucy Nisbet (SENDco), Calla Haycock-Hall (Pastoral TA) and Jacques White (Inclusion Lead)


If at anytime you have any issues or any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact them.

Everyone at Priors Hall shares the objective to help keep children safe by:

  • Providing a safe environment for children to learn in
  • Supporting children’s development in ways which will foster a sense of self-esteem and independence
  • Identifying and responding to children in need of support and/or protection
  • Staff receiving training in child protection and safeguarding


Key Guidance


Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021):

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018):


Key Safeguarding Information and Resources for Parents, Carers and Families


Physical Chastisement

It is not illegal for a parent to hit their child as long as the ‘smack’ amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’. There is, therefore, a difference between punishment and what can feasibly be termed ‘abuse’. Unreasonable punishment is classed as a smack that leaves a mark on the child, or the use of an implement to hit the child, such as a belt or cane. A parent can give another person consent to use reasonable punishment on their child, such as a babysitter or grandparent.


Criminal Offences

Common assault is chargeable by the Crown Prosecution Service if it amounts to scratches, minor bruising, grazes, red skin, a black eye or superficial cuts.

Actual bodily harm could be a broken or lost tooth, broken nose, minor cuts (more than merely superficial), a loss of consciousness, serious bruising, or minor bone fractures, as well as emotional damage that amounts to a psychiatric injury.

Grievous bodily harm requires a compound fracture, injuries that cause a substantial amount of blood loss (requiring a transfusion), a visual disfigurement, injuries that result in permanent disability, or ‘wounding’ that breaks both the inner and outer layers of the skin. Again, this could include psychiatric injury.

Grievous bodily harm with intent is the most serious (before attempted murder) and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. This would be the right charge if a parent wounded their child with intent, unlawfully, maliciously and intentionally, or caused grievous bodily harm to another person.


Alternatives to smacking

  • Give love and warmth as much as possible
  • Have clear simple rules and limits
  • Be a good role model
  • Praise good behaviour so it will increase
  • Ignore behaviour you don’t want repeated
  • Criticise behaviours, not your child
  • Reward good behaviour with hugs and kisses
  • Distract younger children
  • Use humour
  • Allow children some control; joint decisions, choices
  • If a punishment is necessary, the removal of privileges, ‘time out’ or natural consequences are better


Child’s Law Advice: The Law on Smacking Children


Online Safety

Safety and Security Online




National Online Safety 

We have gained a National Online Safety Accreditation due to our commitment to keeping children safe online through our taught curriculum. If you are a parent and would like access to National Online Safety content, please contact the school office and we will share our parents' access information.


Sexual Abuse and Harassment

Stop It Now




Domestic Abuse

National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247


Ask for ‘Ani’ (Action Needed Immediately)

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.


Bright Sky App

Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app and website that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic abuse. It is for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else. This is available both on Android and Apple App Store.


Early Help

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust Early Help Guidance for Parents and Carers:


Reporting your concerns

Worried about a child outside of school? Report your concerns to Northamptonshire Children’s Trust Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at


Useful Links