Child Protection and Safeguarding

The Deanery Church of England High School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.

Our policy applies to all staff, governors and visitors to the school. The six main elements of our policy are to:

  • Ensure we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers who work with children.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Support pupils in accordance with the agreed child protection plans.
  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
  • Ensure the delivery of quality safeguarding training to all staff, and keep this updated.

We aim to work in partnership with other agencies, and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues. We will develop activities and opportunities within our pastoral care and throughout our curriculum that will help equip our children with the skills they need to stay safe.

The school places a high priority on keeping children safe when they are in our care.

Concerns relating to any part of school life can be raised at any time with your child’s form tutor, their Head of Year or the Year Team Senior Leader.

Wigan Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) oversees all organisations in Wigan and Leigh that work with children and young people and have a responsibility for safeguarding them. Their website is: www.wigan.gov.uk/WSCB

If you have a concern about a child, you can report your concern directly to Wigan Safeguarding Children Board by going to the website above and clicking on the icon “REPORT CONCERNS”.

We advise that students report any abuse online to CEOP and their social media provider. If the online concern relates to pupils in our school, we will log it, but we will always insist this is reported to the correct authority CEOP/ Greater Manchester Police as it is potentially a criminal offence.

All other safeguarding concerns can be directed to the appropriate Head of Year, Senior Leader or to me personally using the contact details below. The safeguarding of children is everybody’s responsibility. If you’re concerned, report it.

Mrs L Turner Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead
sturnerl@deanery.wigan.sch.uk
01942 597502

Safeguarding Staff

“An outstanding environment of safety and inclusion where difference is positively embraced.”

SIAMS, December 2021

Mrs L Turner

Designated Safeguard Lead

Mrs J Abbey

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Mrs A Friend

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Miss E Hart

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Mr D Tobin

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Mrs L Quirk

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Heads of Year

Year 7 – Mrs B Sullivan
Year 8 – Mrs A Storey
Year 9 – Miss L Rowlands
Year 10 – Mrs K Boardman
Year 11 – Mrs H Stockley
Sixth Form – Mr C Nestor

Are you worried?

If you don’t feel safe or you’re worried about the safety of another student, talk to a member of staff you feel comfortable with.

OR you can tell us out of school hours.

You can email us:

iamworried@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

You can phone us or text us:

07394 957058

If you are in immediate danger and need help straight away, always phone 999.

Other helpful support:

NSPCC – Whatever your worry
0808 800 5000
Childline – Whatever problems or dangers, phone 0800 1111
Or you can get support online from Kooth: www.kooth.com

*Calls from private/ withheld numbers will not be answered. If you are worried about your safety, we will need to involve other people who can help you, but we will support you through this.*

Sexual Violence and Harassment/ Peer-on-Peer Abuse

In June 2021, Ofsted published its ‘Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges’ which raised concerns related to the prevalence of peer on peer sexual violence and harassment nationally.

As part of the review, Ofsted spoke to 900 children and young people and also made visits to 32 schools and spoke to a range of stakeholders. Their key findings can be summarized as follows:

  • Children and young people said that sexual harassment occurs so often that it has become commonplace.
  • Girls stated that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse, including being sent unsolicited explicit sexual material or being pressured into sending ‘nudes’ was far more prevalent than adults realise
  • Nearly 90% of girls and 50% of boys said that being sent explicit images or videos that they did not want to see happens ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’.
  • 92% of girls and 74% of boys said that sexist name calling happens a lot to them or their peers. The frequency of these harmful sexual behaviours means that some children and young people consider them normal.
  • Children and young people stated that sexual violence also occurred in unsupervised spaces outside of school such as parties or parks
  • Children and young people, especially girls, told Ofsted that they didn’t want to talk about sexual abuse, even when the school encourages them to
  • School teachers and leaders underestimate the scale of the problem.

We have been directed that “schools, nationally, should act on the assumption that it is happening”.  As such, we have put in place a robust action plan to address these national concerns and we intend to raise awareness amongst our pupils during PSHE lessons over the next few months.

PSHE sessions will cover

The School Policy

The school has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to sexual violence and harassment. We will never dismiss such behaviour as being ‘banter’ or ‘part of growing up’.  We will challenge unwanted behaviours when we see or hear them anywhere in school. Students who are heard or seen engaging in such behaviour will be subject to our behaviour policy and our safeguarding and child protection policy. We will report incidents to the police where a criminal offence has been committed and involve other external agencies where appropriate. We will offer restorative sessions between students in some, appropriate, cases and we will refer victims to a variety of support sources both in school and externally.

Reporting and Recording

Students can report experiencing or witnessing unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature in the following ways:

  • By phoning our new safeguarding phone line, which will be advertised in school, on 07394-957058. This number will be answered by a member of the safeguarding team.  Withheld/ private numbers will not be answered.  This service is private but not anonymous. Pupils will be made aware that, as with any disclosure, the information must be shared with me as Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Police if a crime has been committed.
  • By emailing iamworried@deanery.wigan.sch.uk
  • By attending the drop-in sessions with our wellbeing team during breaks/ lunches/ 3pm
  • By talking to the Head of Year or Form Tutor

The safeguarding team will manage these reports in line with the school policy and will analyse their prevalence each half-term.

If you have any concerns, or queries, please email your head of year:

Y7      ssullivanb@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

Y8      sstoreya@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

Y9      srowlandsl@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

Y10     sboardmank@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

Y11     sstockleyh@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

Sixth Form  scrowea@deanery.wigan.sch.uk

Yours faithfully
Mrs L Turner

Deputy Headteacher

Prevent

What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed prevent people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice?

Many of the things we already do in our school to help children become positive members of the school community and society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity and tolerance
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. We will carry out our Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. Our School will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others. We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

KEY TERMS

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Prevent Guidance: Learn about gangs and how to prevent involvement

Prevent Parental Guidance: Understanding Extremism