At High Legh Primary, we take the safeguarding of all our pupils very seriously, therefore we have designated leads for safeguarding. Mrs Tottle is safeguarding designated lead and Mrs Price is deputy safeguarding lead.
Please speak to these members of staff if you ever have any worries or concerns about a child.
Our safeguarding governor is Melanie Rigden. She can be contacted via the office.
If you are worried about a child here are the phone numbers to ring
Below are websites which may be useful to parents and children.
CEOP - Child Explotation and online Protection Centre
Our school is part of a project, which is run between Cheshire East schools and Cheshire Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic violence incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is done through a phone call to school following an incident. The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident. The Key Adults at High Legh are Louise Tottle and Jo Price. If they receive an Encompass call they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help - if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and make sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations. This is described in our child protection policy.
The sharing of information from the Police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the key adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our key adult. The key adult can point you towards other people that can help. Our aim is to support children and their families.
As part of High Legh Primary School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties, we are fully behind the government’s PREVENT strategy.
From July 1st 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Secutiry 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 For Schools.
At High Legh, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of PREVENT awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All our teaching staff have received training on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.