Child Protection and Safeguarding
Holy Family Catholic High School is a community and all those connected to it (staff, governors, parents, families and students) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. The school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children with their best interests at the centre of our work. Holy Family Catholic High School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and an environment that strives to ensure that all its pupils remain safe, secure, free from harm and respected. The purpose of this document is to ensure that all staff are aware of the arrangements that Holy Family Catholic High School has in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils.
Our school core safeguarding principles are:
- Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility: all staff, or anyone who has contact with a child or young person including Governors and volunteers, should play their full part in keeping children safe;
- Seeing the child first and considering what life is like for the child, maintaining a culture of vigilance.
- That we operate a child-centred approach: a clear understanding of the needs, wishes, views and voices of children including trying to understand their lived experience.
- Create an environment where children can tell us what they need to keep them safe
- Provide support and intervention at the earliest possible opportunity in the least intrusive way in accordance with Sefton Level of Need Document.
- We recognise our school is an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
- All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
- We will aim to protect children using national, local and school child protection procedures;
- We aim to work in partnership and have an important role in multi-agency safeguarding arrangements as set out by Working Together 2018.
- That all staff or anyone who has contact with a child or young person including Governors and volunteers, have a clear understanding regarding abuse and neglect in all forms; including how to identify, respond and report. This also includes knowledge in the process for allegations against professionals. Staff, Governors and Volunteers should feel confident that they can report all matters of Safeguarding in the school, where the information will be dealt with swiftly and securely, following the correct procedures with the safety and wellbeing of the children in mind always.
School Contact Details
The Designated Child Protection Staff
Lead: Peter Westbury
Deputy: Janice McKean
Tel: 0151 924 6451
If you need to contact the Safeguarding Team email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMHS: 0151 293 3577 Open 8am-6pm Mini-com: 0151 934 4657
MASH TEAM: 0345 140 0845
Safeguarding bulletin - What parents need to know about ...
County lines: information for parents
County lines is the Police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market coastal towns using dedicated mobile phone lines or "deal lines". Sefton is known to have had issues in this, often exploitative, area.
The parental leaflet attached is from Camden SCP but it contains relevant information for parents so that you are aware of the issue and can spot any signs. If you have any concerns regarding a child in this situation, please phone Sefton's SCP on 0345 140 0845.
Virtual Reality Headsets
Take a look at the article below to make sure that you understand the risks when using VR headsets and to get advice to help children use headsets safely. The NSPCC have created an easy to understand article aimed at parents to help them in this growing area of technology. As with all online devices, it's just about knowing the dangers and how to keep safe.