Safeguarding Information for Parents/Carers

We take our role in safeguarding students extremely seriously. All our staff receive annual Child Protection training and we also have a dedicated Safeguarding team of staff comprising;

  • Headteacher – Mr Harrison
  • Deputy Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead) – Miss Withers
  • Child Protection Officer (Deputy Safeguarding Lead) – Mrs Hargrave
  • Named Governor for LAC/Child Protection – Mr Andrew Hay

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Safeguarding team on: 0161 794 6215

You can read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Please see below for some useful links to support and information from other sources.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and education initiative to safeguard and support children and young people following a domestic abuse incident. When a child or young person has been involved in, or been exposed to, a domestic incident information is reported directly to the school’s trained ‘Key Adult’ prior to the start of the next school day. Appropriate support can then be offered to the child in school.

You can find out more at: www.operationencompass.org

Self Harm

The term ‘self harm’ means doing anything on purpose that causes harm to yourself. This can include; cutting, burning, overdosing or swallowing something dangerous or anything that causes harm to your body on purpose. At least 10% of adolescents report having self-harmed. Self harm is something that people do to help manage their emotions, what is sometimes called a ‘coping strategy’. Young people can self harm for a number of reasons. The most common is to help them cope with their feelings in response to situations such as; depression, low self-esteem, drug or alcohol abuse, bullying, family problems, abuse (physical, emotional or sexual) plus many more.

How can you help? The most constructive way to deal with self harm is to stay calm, try not to be alarmed or show your fears. There are many things that can help: it may be that the individual needs structured therapy from a mental health professional, or that the compassionate support of family and friends is enough to aid their recovery.

Find out more at: www.harmless.org.uk – a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals

Online Safety

It is really important to ensure that, as a parent, you are aware of the risks your child is exposed to when using technology and the ways you can help your child stay safe and understand online dangers.

Find out more at:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – an education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline
www.nationalonlinesafety.com – specialists in online safety training for school staff, parents and students
www.ceop.police.uk – if someone has done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe

Prevent

‘Prevent’ was established by the government as part of its’ wider counter-terrorism strategy called CONTEST. Prevent’s aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and as a school we have responsibility to follow procedures to protect our students from radicalisation and extremism.

The Prevent strategy has three objectives:

  • Challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it,
  • Protecting vulnerable people,
  • Supporting sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

Click HERE to access the full Prevent Strategy Review

The Department for Education has a helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of extremism. Email: counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk Telephone: 020 7340 7264