All prospective staff are subject to thorough safer recruitment protocols and accompanying DBS checks. Upon appointment to the role, staff members undertake a probationary period of at least 6 months. This is underpinned by a consistent induction process aligned to safeguarding and wider professional developmental needs.
Safeguarding considerations form an integral part of all meetings/forums within the whole organisation. We ensure that all staff, governors and trustees are made fully aware of all prevalent national developments and/or policy changes, particularly the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSE) annual updates every September.
The Internal Safeguarding Board (ISB) meets on a weekly basis. The team consists of:
The ISB work closely on a daily basis to ensure that all concerns regarding our young people are constantly monitored, which then feeds into the weekly ISB Caseload meeting.
All staff, governors, trustees and visitors are encouraged to report anything that concerns them initially to a member of the ISB. Information about the ISB members is displayed throughout the organisation.
Our Lead Link Governor for Safeguarding conducts termly safeguarding visits. Following each visit, a report with critical actions is provided. Additionally, safeguarding is a fixed item on the termly full governing body meetings and the termly subcommittee Personal Development/Behaviour & Attitudes (PDBA) meeting.
The Lead Link Governor for Safeguarding is also invited to the termly ISB ‘Away Day’ meeting together with wider professionals throughout the organisation:
The ISB ‘Away Day’ meeting ensures that any safeguarding concerns from all aspects of school life, e.g. E-Safety, Health & Safety, etc., are reviewed and improved if necessary.
Parental Guide to Safeguarding
Further Information and Links
A Parental Guide to Safeguarding
St Helens Safeguarding Children Partnership – scp
If you suspect a child is at risk of harm, please call The Contact Centre on 01744 676767
Merseyside Prevent Team
0151 777 8506
NSPCC Helpline for Professionals
0800 800 5000
7 Habits of highly effective leaders in education – download: esafe-7-habits-leaflet