Safeguarding our Children
At Horwich Parish we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. We are committed to keeping all our children as safe as possible all the time. To ensure this we:
- Check every working person in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
- Have trained and nominated staff members as Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) within our school. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Mills, and the Deputy DSLs are: Mrs Washington, Mrs Charlton and Mrs McBride.
- Ensure accredited safer recruitment training for our Head Teacher and governors.
- Carry out regular training and safeguarding updates for all staff members.
- Provide up-to-date information around online safety for staff, pupils and parents.
All staff are expected to share with the DSLs any concerns in regards to staff conduct around children. If there are concerns about the conduct of the Headteacher, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors. The school ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
We follow procedures and guidance set out by the Bolton Safeguarding Children’s Board (http://boltonsafeguardingchildren.org.uk/) and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
Please take the time to read our policies and do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions about this very serious issue.
NCA CEOP Education Team
Our Thinkuknow website has information and advice for young people of different age groups to
protect children from sexual abuse online, as well as helping them get the most out of the
For parents, we have the following articles:
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-to-do-if-your-child-has-seen-something- inappropriate-online/ This may help with any messages to parents who are worried their child may have seen something.
This article is about viral scares, whatever they may be, and how to react, specifically how it can be
unhelpful to draw people’s attention to a particular app or scare, but reminding children and
young people to speak out, where they can go for help and how to talk to them.
If you would like more information on Tik Tok, such as age restrictions, associated risks and
parental controls, our Parent Info website, which we run with our partners Parent Zone, has the
following article: http://www.parentinfo.org/article/tiktok-what-parents-need-to-know