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