Please refer to our Child Protection Policy for the full procedural framework on our Child Protection duties. Staff at our school are alerted to the fact that, whilst some concerns are broadly safeguarding issues, there may be some instances where a child or children may be at immediate risk of harm or neglect. For example; this could be due to a child displaying risky behaviours in terms of the activities they are involved in or the groups they are associated with or staff may be aware of information about a child’s family that may equally place a child at risk of harm. (These examples are for illustration and are not definitive or exhaustive) Therefore all adults working at our school (including visiting staff, volunteers, contractors, and students on placement) are required to report instances where they believe a child may be at immediate risk of harm or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Headteacher.
Please refer to our Safeguarding Policy for the full procedural framework on our duties. Staff at our school receive regular training in safeguarding and are given the latest updates as they emerge by the Designated Safeguarding Lead. As a school we recognise that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibilty.
Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Karen Cliffe, Assistant Headteacher
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Elaine Sargent, Headteacher
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the focus person for school staff, and others, who may have concerns about an individual child’s safety or well-being and is the first point of contact for external agencies.
Role of Governing Body
The Governing Body of our School will undertake appropriate training to ensure that they are clear about their role and the parameters of their responsibilities as Governors, including their statutory safeguarding duties. The Governing Body of our school will support the ethos and values of our school. Governors will review this policy regularly (annually) and may amend and adopt it outside of this timeframe in accordance with any new legislation or guidance, or in response to any quality assurance recommendations pertaining to the delivery of this policy and the overall safeguarding arrangements made.
Whole school in-service training on Safeguarding and Child Protection is organised for all teaching and non-teaching staff and governors and will comply with the prevailing arrangements of Wirral Safeguarding Children Board. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will attend training courses as necessary and the appropriate multi-agency training organised by Wirral Safeguarding Children Board at least every two years.
On occasion, our safeguarding lead (Mrs K Cliffe) may also seek the advice of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) regarding allegations that may be brought to our attention. This information will be dealt with as confidentially as possible.
Parents and those with parental responsibility do need to be aware that there are legal responsibilities laid upon a school to report allegations to Social Services or the Police and we have to follow safeguarding procedures if such information is passed to us.
All staff receive safeguarding training on a regular basis and in line with the latest guidance. The lead staff receive more frequent training.
For more information for those with parental responsibility please click here.