Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement
At Great Sankey High School, the safeguarding of all our pupils is the highest priority. We are committed to providing a secure environment for pupils where children feel safe and are kept safe. As a school we recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school.
Our safeguarding policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.
The six main elements of our policy are to:
- Ensure we practice 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 permanent staff, and keep this updated.
All adults working at great Sankey high school (including visitors, volunteers and contractors) have a responsibility to report concerns where they believe a child may be at immediate risk of harm or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, member of the safeguarding team or to the Head teacher. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately. This information will be dealt with as confidentially as possible and made know to only those who need to know.
Whilst school deal with child protection concerns sensitively and with care, we have a legal responsibility to report such allegations to Social Services and/or the police and we follow the procedures set out by Warrington Children Safeguarding Partnership.
The members of The Safeguarding Team at Great Sankey High School are:
Great Sankey High School continually seeks to strengthen communications with parents, careers and pupils so concerns relating to any part of school life can be raised at any time with a child’s head of House or Form Tutor.
A copy of the Safeguarding Policy, and all other policies, is available on the school website (under About Us – Policies)
Role of the governing body
Safeguarding at Great Sankey High School is a collective responsibility for the governing body.
Michael Platt is the Designated Safeguarding Governor.
If you are worried about a child’s safety and welfare, please do not hesitate to contact one of the named DSL’s or contact Warrington Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH ) on 01925 443322.
Links and Other Safeguarding Areas of our Website
Our Safeguarding policy can be found on our policy page.