Safeguarding

Our Duties

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is aware of its duty and responsibility, which it has with regard to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people – ‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’ (DFE 2016)

Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment. The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need.’

‘The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships, how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.

The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.’

If you have any questions regarding these policies please contact the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Roles, responsibilities and key contacts

The Headteacher is: Ms Smyth

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection is: Ms J Leech (Deputy Head) available on 0151 235 1430 or email on j.leech@cardinal-heenan.org.uk

Those trained to provide cover for the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DepSL) are:

The nominated Safeguarding / Child Protection Governor is: Carol Ann Murphy

The Chair of Governors and nominated governor for dealing with allegations against the Head Teacher is: Andrew Tremarco

What happens if a concern is raised?

The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children's services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them to statutory services such as the Police or Social Services.

In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children's services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter.

We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

Here you can find a copy of our Safeguarding Policy

Other useful contacts

  • Emergency services: 999
  • Non-emergency police: 101

Children’s Social Care:

  • LIVERPOOL 0151 233 3700. Phone lines are open 24/7.
  • KNOWSLEY 0151 443 2600. 9-5 Mon-Fri. Emergencies only at other times.
  • NSPCC helpline: 0800 800 5000

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