Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Westhead (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Gould (Deputy Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Brooks (Assistant Headteacher)
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance define safeguarding as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm, and it is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
Safeguarding and Reporting
Wigan Safeguarding Children Board
The 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 offers advice to children, parents/carers and professionals who are concerned about a child's welfare. For more information, click on the link below.
Our school is part of the Wigan Encompass project which is run in partnership with Wigan Safeguarding Board and Greater Manchester Police. The project has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. Further information can be found by clicking on the link below.
National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command
If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the Internet, help is out there.
National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe from abuse and grooming online. They welcome reports from anyone with concerns.
Visit the Safety Centre at the link below and follow the on-line instructions to report any inappropriate activity.
Net Aware: O2 and NSPCC
Net Aware brings together the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children and O2’s tech know-how, to help parents keep children safe online. Their new website offers information and advice and helps parents and carers to stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world. The guide, primarily aimed at parents of 8-12 year olds, explores the social networks, apps or games with an interactive element that children use most frequently.
Reporting online Terrorist and Extremist Material
The internet and social media provide many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.
Police depend on information from the public in their efforts to keep us all safe and they are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it by visiting ‘STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’.