At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic High School it is imperative that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support learners and staff at school. It is our aim through rigorous safeguarding procedures, as well as our pastoral care that Saints Peter and Paul is an environment where students feel safe and supported in order to reach their potential.
If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact one of the following Safeguarding Officers by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs D Scott, Principal
Mrs K Forber, Senior Vice Principal - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs M Nightingale, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr M Forber, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs N Woan - Assistant Vice Principal
Mrs Cunningham - Lead Mentor
Mrs Downing - SEN Lead
STAYING SAFE ONLINE
We know that many children are using social media when 'officially' they are too young to sign up to the sites - we know because they tell us!
Lots of them say Mums and Dads have signed them up - sometimes years ago. There's nothing illegal in that, but please keep in mind that if you signed your 8 year old up to Facebook five years ago, saying they were 13 years old - they now appear as an 18 year old on the site. If an adult tries to groom your now 13 year old via social media, they will be able to argue that they thought they were talking to another adult. Remember to update their details, check their privacy settings, and talk to them about which pictures they use for their profile, so they're safe online.
We have listed on our E-safety page a host of useful organisations which offer advice and guidance on how to keep children safe online.
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including 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 Learners to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
The Home Office has published advice and online resources for parents, children and teachers explaining what schools and colleges can do to support people affected by terrorism.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic High School participates in a Police led initiative called Operation Encompass. This is a partnership between schools and the Police that helps schools to better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.
Following a domestic incident, the Police will contact the child’s school via telephone and secure email (usually the next day) and will communicate relevant information to nominated, fully-trained school staff. This will ensure that as a school, we are made aware early enough, to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listened to. It will also provide an opportunity for school to offer support to the whole family.
Each school has a member of staff called a key adult or a member of the safeguarding team who are trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child.
The initiative was launched county-wide at the beginning of 2016. It is active in all Cheshire schools. You can find out more about Operation Encompass via the following site: http://www.operationencompass.org/
If you would like to speak to someone further about the initiative, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Nightingale or any member of the safeguarding team.
We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations to keep children safe and to offer valuable support to all children across Cheshire.
Young Addaction Halton in partnership with Halton Borough Council and Mako Education have developed an animated resource to raise the awareness and support professionals, parents and carers to understand the risks and dangers associated with New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or so called “legal highs". The animation, which is available via YouTube, can be utilised in training sessions by professionals or be used by parents and carers to inform them of the risks to support them to speak to their children about the risks.
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