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
Our Safeguarding Team:
- Head of Academy – Mrs Ali
- Deputy Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead) – Miss Withers
- Child Protection Officer (Deputy Safeguarding Lead) – Mr Duke
- 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 here: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
How to keep your child safe
Aside from the help we provide in school, should you have concerns about a child here are some helpful websites and contact numbers to help you.
Should you require help with food bank donations or financial support, please click see our list of local charities/food banks that may be able to help families during a period of school closure.
It is worth noting that families cannot just turn up to the foodbanks, you will need a food voucher first. For details of agencies who can provide these please visit: salford.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/foodbank-vouchers/
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. School staff are often the key professionals when it comes to identifying and supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing and are ideally placed to respond to the early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
We’ve put together this booklet for our students and their families, packed with lots of tips for managing anxiety and looking after mental health and wellbeing, please click the link below to take a look:
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
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
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’ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 020 7340 7264
Support for Domestic Abuse
The Government definition of domestic abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes: Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Financial and Emotional.
For more information and help see these sources:
Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership : https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/parents-and-carers/
Salford Independent Domestic Abuse Support Services : 0161 793 3232
National Domestic Violence Helpline : 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Greater Manchester Police : 101
Housing Advice – email@example.com
Salford City Council : 0161 793 2500 / 0161 794 8888 (Out of hours)
St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Crisis Line : 0161 276 6515
Greater Manchester Victim Support : 0300 303 0162
Talk Listen Change (TLC) : firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect Phoneline (for perpetrators) : 0808 802 4040
Respect Men’s Advice Line (male victims) : 0808 801 0327