West Didsbury CE Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
Our Designated Members of staff for Safeguarding are:
- Matt Whitehead (Executive Headteacher)
- Hannah Large (Head of School)
- Jane Dunn (Deputy Head)
- Rev Tom Studman (Nominated Governor)
The specific duties of the child protection designated teachers include:
Liaison with other staff who have pastoral responsibilities with children.
Liaison with the Area Education Office, Social Services Department and other agencies concerning individual cases of actual or suspected child abuse.
Oversight of the planning of curricular provision concerning child protection.
Ensuring appropriate staff training and updating
Our school policies have been designed to ensure that all adults at West Didsbury CE are working together to safeguard and promote the well being of all our young people and adults in school. Our policy describe the systems and arrangements in place to create and maintain a safe learning environment. It identifies any actions which should be taken to address any welfare concerns about young people and adults in school. Please take the time to read through our policy.
Please access our Safeguarding Policy by clicking on the link below:
Early Help Strategy
As part of our support for all children in school we have regular opportunities to consult with support services and health agencies through a multi-agency approach which sometimes includes completing the Early Help Form which supports families as well as pupils. Mrs Smith is our 'Early Help Co-ordinator' and is available through appointment. Our school nurse is Sarah O'Neill. Sarah also works with our pupils on drugs education, sex and relationships and staying healthy.
The Prevent Duty came into effect from 1 July 2015 and as a public body we are subject to the duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of our functions, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.
West Didsbury CE Primary School seeks to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those linked to Islamist ideology, or to Far Right / Neo Nazi / White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements. The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom may include the exploitation of vulnerable people, to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism. The normalisation of extreme views may also make children and young people vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation. West Didsbury CE Primary School is clear that this exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern. Prevention work and reductions of risks will include the RE curriculum, SEND policy, worship time policy, the use of school premises by external agencies, integration of pupils by gender and SEN, anti-bullying policy and other issues specific to the school’s profile, community and philosophy.
If you have a concern linked to Prevent it is helpful in the first instance to speak to the Safeguarding lead .
Below are the Greater Manchester Police contact details linked to Prevent
0161 856 9305 or visit the GMP site for PREVENT