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Our Cottingham specific Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found here and on our Statutory Information page.


We strive to ensure that all our students feel safe, cared for and supported at school, according to our duty of care and our role in loco parentis.  We are always here to listen and to discuss your or your child’s fears, worries and concerns. We place student wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.  

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available via a link below, along with some useful resources and links.

There are four main elements to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy: 


We promote a positive school atmosphere and provide pastoral support to children and young people through safe and appropriate working practices. 


We follow agreed procedures and make sure our staff are fully trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns. 


We offer support, advice and guidance to students and staff in situations where young people may be at risk of abuse or have been abused. 


We work together with all our young people, parents and agencies to encourage safeguarding and wellbeing for all our students. 

Introducing our pastoral and safeguarding team. 

Cottingham Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Deputy Headteacher

Charlotte Nicholls

Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Mental Health Wellbeing Manager

Claire Cassidy
Assistant Head KS3 Annabel Etheridge
Head of Year 7 Cassie Bishop
Head of Year 8 Please contact the school
Head of Year 9 Tracy Smith
Head of Year 10 Vanessa Clucas
Head of Year 11 Sarah Hall
If you need to discuss concerns regarding your child or another student, please initially contact the appropriate Head of Year.  

If your concern is of a child protection or safeguarding nature, please contact reception and ask to speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, in the first instance.   

Useful links and resources for parents/carers, children and young people: (please also see attachments at the bottom of the page)


Bereavement - Winston's Wish -

Child Criminal Exploitation - Contact the Child Protection Officer

Be Aware is an online knowledge and information hub all about child exploitation. The resources and information on this page have been designed alongside parents and carers from across our county to give you the information you need about child exploitation so you can Be Aware of the potential risks. Click on the link below to access the information.

NYSCP North Yorkshire

Child Sexual Exploitation - Contact the Child Protection Officer  

Domestic Violence Domestic violence - adults (

Drugs and alcohol

Female Genital Mutilation - Contact the Child Protection Officer

LGBTQ - Contact Cassie Bishop LGBTQ Lead via email: 

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Contact Vanessa Clucas - Student Wellbeing Lead via email: 

MESMAC - sexual health and LGBTQ+ -

On-line Safety


Sexual Harassment and child-on-child abuse - Contact the Child Protection Officer 

Support in school

  • The school nurse is available at a weekly session to offer support on a variety of issues such as internet and social media safety, sleep, anxiety, stress and emotional wellbeing.

Tik Tok - Social Media Guidance for Parents 


  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000
  • Parentline Plus – 0808 800 2222
  • Kidscape – 020 7730 3300

Support for parents

  • East Riding Early Help and Safeguarding Hub - tel 395500

  • Hull Early Help and Safeguarding Hub - tel 448879

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service - tel 396469.  Email address -

  • School Nurse Chat Health - text 07507332891

  • Hull and East Riding MIND - email or tel 240200

  • CAMHS Crisis Team - tel 301701

  • Refresh Drugs Support - tel 331059

  • SEEDS Support for Eating Disorders - tel 344084