Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms J.Watkins (Vice Principal)
Ms J. Watkins (Vice Principal) - Designated Safeguarding Lead Mr I. Cooper (Principal) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs P. Steele (Learning Mentor) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs R.Pender (Assistant Principal) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs B. Atherton (Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Governor)
The school safeguarding team meet to complete a 'Supervision Meeting' to discuss any concerns or ongoing issues. However, every member of staff is responsible for ensuring the safety and the welfare of all our children at Whiston Willis Primary Academy.
The School has a Safeguarding Team to ensure that Knowsley School’s Safeguarding Charter is adhered to and followed. It is our priority to keep children and adults ‘safe’.
Work in partnership with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in keeping with the KSCB’s ‘Levels of Need Framework’ to secure improved outcomes for young people
Ensure that safer recruitment practices and safeguarding policies and procedures set out a culture of vigilance and challenge
Provide induction and regular training that enable all adults to recognise signs of abuse and neglect; act in the interests of the child and maintain an attitude ‘it could happen here’
Work collaboratively with other agencies to promote early help for young people and families before their needs escalate to a point where intervention would be needed via a statutory assessment
Challenge ourselves and others to ensure actions are completed in a timely way and press for reconsideration if the situation does not improve
Quality assure all safeguarding practices including maintaining support and oversight of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Team, their actions, decisions and record keeping
Ensure all adults working with young people follow an agreed code of conduct that promotes safe working practices and makes responsibilities and expectations clear, including the understanding that anyone can make a referral
Complete any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 Safeguarding Audit in order to ensure policies and procedures follow KSCB Local Authority and statutory guidance
Implement any learning arising from serious case reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views of children, especially when assessing their needs
Provide students with a curriculum which promotes their safeguarding and enables them to maintain healthy relationship
Is the point of contact for cases that do not meet current Children’s Social Care threshold or where an appropriate agency has not been identified which can support the needs of the child and their family.
E SAFETY As well as the Online Advice section in the ‘Parents’ Menu, containing links to guides for social media documents and safety guidelines.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs. The ‘Listen to my Story’ campaign… The Listen to my Story campaign has been developed by Merseyside Police, local councils and third sector agencies throughout the Merseyside area to raise awareness of CSE in our communities and to educate young people, parents/carers, teachers, health professionals and service industry workers as to the signs and vulnerabilities of CSE.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
In order for schools to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.
Schools can build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
Whiston Willis Primary Academy is committed to ensuring the best possible education for all pupils regardless of ability, background, ethnicity, gender or disability. We continually monitor the progress of all pupils and take steps to intervene where there is evidence that individuals or groups are falling behind. Our school ‘Inclusion Team’ that consists of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) and one Learning Mentor liaise with parents and external agencies to provide additional support for children who require it. We also acknowledge that some children will be more able (‘Gifted and Talented’) and we aim to ensure that these children’s needs are also well catered for.
A copy of our Special Educational Needs Policy and Equality Policies are available in the ‘Statutory Policies’ section of the website.