Safeguarding and Welfare
Safeguarding children is our first responsibility. On this page you can find all the policies and procedures we follow to ensure that every child remains safe. It also explains what we do if we have concerns about children.
Safeguarding children is everybody’s duty so, if you have a concern about a child please tell us or alternatively call Sefton Social Services on 0845 140 0845, or write to them at : Social Care Customer Access Team, Freepost LV7340, Bootle, L20 1YX. You can also e-mail them at : SocialCare.CustomerAccessTeam@hsc.sefton.gov.uk
Designated Safeguarding Leads
|Jason Webb||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Kathy Johnston||Designated Safeguarding Lead Operational KS4|
|Dawn Hill||Designated Safeguarding Lead Operational KS3|
|Wendy Nutall||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Lauren Shields||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Colm Gallagher||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
Sefton Safeguarding board
Information about Sefton Safeguarding including referral forms and contact details.
If you are worried that you are being bullied visit the Bullybusters website or call 0800 169 6928, they can provide support for victims of bullying and their families.
What is Safeguarding Children and Young People all about? The UN Convention states that Children and Young People have rights, such as;
- The right to life
- The right to be treated as equal citizens
- The right to live in a safe environment
- The right to be educated without fear
- The right to be protected from abuse and neglect
HOPELineUK Tel. 08000 68 41 41 for support and practical advice to anyone concerned that a young person they know may be suicidal. Calls are free from BT landlines. Other networks and mobile rates may vary.
Child Criminal Exploitation
Criminal exploitation is when individuals or gangs target children and force them to carry out criminal activity. Exploiters may force children to deal drugs, steal, commit a violent or sexual act, traffic them. More information can be found on the Children’s Society website www.childrenssociety.org.uk
Child Sexual Exploitation
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Virtual College teamed up to provide a short, free online course entitled ‘Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE’ designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to protect children against sexual exploitation. Details are available via the following link: https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses
Useful information for anyone worried about domestic abuse:
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 2000 247
- Wirral Women and Children’s Aid: 0151 643 9766
- Involve North West: 0151 644 1100 and press 7
- In an emergency, always call 999
Who to contact:
If you, your child or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, CALL 999
If you are a Sefton resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is please contact:
Sefton IDVA service on 0151 934 5142
Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid 0151 922 8606 www.swaca.com
For more information and local services visit:
victimcaremerseyside.org (directory of services)
Further support can also be found at these national agencies:
Women’s Aid | womensaid.org.uk | https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Worst Kept Secret Helpline: 0800 028 3398
Refuge (includes information for men) | refuge.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
Female Genital Mutilation FGM
Petals is the UK’s first FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) web app. The app is now live and available for download. The web app is designed to allow teenagers to learn about female genital mutilation (FGM) anonymously, and get help if they are at risk.
The app, which works across most smartphones, tablets and laptops via an Internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.
Please see some guidance, information and support about child sexual exploitation: http://www.listentomystory.co.uk/videos/html
There is information here about gender identity: http://www.gires.org.uk
Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphopic Bullying
In our school we treat everyone with respect and all prejudiced language is challenged.
Please see a member of the pastoral team if you wish to bring anything to our attention or wish to know more about our policies and what we can do to help.
Support for Neglect and further information
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on specified authorities, including local authorities and childcare, education and other children’s service providers, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn in terrorism (the ‘Prevent Duty’). Young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, in particular those via the Internet and other social media. Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, violence or alcohol.
Staff in school are trained to look out for signs and know that we tackle any types of extremism within the school community.
For advice with finances and food backs use this link below.
To find your nearest food bank. Follow the link below
Other Useful Contacts
Action For Children
Protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support
Think You Know
Great advice to keep children safe while using the Internet
Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Online, on the phone, anytime