“Pupils’ feel very safe in school, saying there are always people looking after them. They know how to use the internet safely and that they should ‘never give out [their] personal details.” Ofsted Report
Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
The Safeguarding Team
The Safeguarding Team can be contacted via the school office or school email address and are:
Mrs J Wightman Headteacher
Mrs A Deakin Deputy Headteacher
Mrs K Ashton SEND Leader
Mrs E Lydon SEND Leader
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is defined in Working together to Safeguard Children as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health and development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
In school we safeguard children in many ways, details of which can be found below. All staff receive annual safeguarding training to ensure that it remains our highest priority. Our school is also part of a project called Operation Encompass which is run between the local authority and police. The project has been designed to provide early reporting of domestic violence incidents that occur outside school which might have an impact in school. All staff are also trained in the Prevent strategy, the purpose of Prevent is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. This includes countering terrorist ideology and supporting individuals who are especially vulnerable to becoming radicalised.