There are 2 Designated Safeguarding Professionals in Nursery. 

Ruth Williamson (Headteacher) -Designated Safeguarding Lead

Amy Brennan (Room Leader) -Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Kathryn I'Anson

Child Protection Policy - Revised September 2018 (pending Governor ratification)


It is important that we educate children early about issues they might face now and in later life. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to say or where to start. Here is a useful guide to help you through the process -


Below are some useful links to websites that can help you to talk about things such as:

 Stranger Danger - 

 Travelling safely -

 Friendships/ Anti-bullying -

 Healthy living -

 The underwear rule -

 Baby and Toddler safety -


Below are some of our key safeguarding policies and procedures that are embedded firmly into our daily practice.

Confidential Reporting

Drugs and alcohol miss-use


Lost or missing children

Looked after children

Intimate care 

Managing allegations against staff

Prevent Action Plan

The school has now also become part of Operation Encompass.

What is Operation Encompass?

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.

Sunderland City Council, Northumbria Police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school. 

Why is Operation Encompass being introduced in Sunderland?

Operation Encompass was initially launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address a shortcoming in the early sharing of information with schools. Since then several pilots have been set up across the UK, including the North East, and has proved to very successful in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. Pilots across the UK have reported positive outcomes for many children and young people.

Sunderland City Council, Northumbria Police and all schools in the city are taking part in the scheme, to help provide additional new support which will benefit children and young people in Sunderland and improve multi-agency sharing of information.

How will it work?

Schools across Sunderland will nominate two members of staff who will be known as Key Adults. All Key Adults will attend specific training to the role in preparation for Operation Encompass. The Key Adults in Hetton-le-Hole Nursery are Miss Ruth Williamson and Mr Stephen Cleghorn.

Each morning a police officer will review all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have had an impact on a child attending school the following day. Where children were present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 16 years old, the officer will send this information to the Council’s Initial Contact and Referral Team who will then send this information in a secure format to the named Key Adult in the child’s school. The Key Adult will check their emails every day and the staff in contact with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for the child.

This information will be shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police will contact the Council the following Monday.

All parents will be sent a letter from their child's school informing them about Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass launched in Sunderland in Spring 2017. For more information about Operation Encompass, please visit


If you require any help or support regarding domestic violence please see the document below which outlines the service provision within Sunderland City Council:


Hetton-le-hole Nursery School