‘It is essential that everybody working in a school or college understands their safeguarding responsibilities.’
At Walney School we understand our duty to safeguard all young people in our care. We work hard to foster a safe, calm and respectful environment in which students and staff can feel secure, respected and valued.
As a school, we recognise the risks that young people may face in the world today and we work with the young people in our care to help them recognise and understand these risks. Through our curriculum and extra-curricular offer, we seek to educate students about how to avoid risk and, most importantly, how to seek help when they need to. Our safeguarding curriculum is delivered through a range of subject areas and, in particular through our:
- Personal Development curriculum
- Form time activities
- Use of external providers, such as theatre groups and performers
As a staff body, we always adopt the view that ‘it could happen here’ and we endeavour to stay abreast of current issues affecting young people, so that we can address these matters effectively in school. All staff receive ongoing training regarding the safeguarding of young people and are encouraged to be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect at all times.
Staff follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support and guidance. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be accessed here. The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff, governors, volunteers, and contractors.
Mrs Vicky Niblo - Designated Safeguarding Lead (Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion)
Mrs Andrea Amacna - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
All staff members are aware that, if they have a concern about a pupil, they must inform a DSL as soon as possible.
Information for Students
What should you do if you think you are being harmed or abused?
If you think you are being harmed or abused by another pupil, member of staff or visitor, you should report this as soon as possible to a trusted adult.
For other advice and support you can visit
- Childline T 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
- NSPCC T 020 7825 2500
- NSPCC Free phone 24 hour helpline T 0808 800 5000
- Samaritans T 08457 909090
- Careline T 0151 233 3700
Information for parents and carers
If you have a safeguarding concern involving a pupil, please contact the school office on 01229471528 and ask for the Safeguarding Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel a child is in immediate danger, please call the Police.