How to report a safeguarding concern

To report a safeguarding concern, or talk to someone, please call:

During school time:

Out of school time (5pm to 9am weeknights, weekends, school and bank holidays):

If a child is at immediate risk of harm, don't delay, please call the police on 999.

In school, our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Karen Stuart and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Mrs Isabelle Evans. 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means:

  • providing help and support to meet the needs of children as soon as problems emerge

  • protecting children from maltreatment, whether that is within or outside the home, including online

  • preventing impairment of children's mental and physical health or development

  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

  • promoting the upbringing of children with their birth parents, or otherwise their family network through a kinship care arrangement, whenever possible and where this is in the best interests of the children

  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes in line with the outcomes set out in the Children's Social Care National Framework.

Safeguarding covers all parts of school life including:

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care
  • the internet and e-safety
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, considering the local context.

Our safeguarding policies

Cumbria Academy For Autism adheres to the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Eden Academy Trust:

EAT Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding Arrangements at Cumbria Academy for Autism (Appendix 10 to EAT Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy)

Full details on the county's policies, procedures and processes with regard to safeguarding, plus analysis of outcomes of serious case reviews, can be accessed through the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership website at:

For additional support and advice please visit: