Stay Safe - Parents

All children at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School can report concerns or worries to any member of staff. The safeguarding structure is listed below.

The Headteacher is: Mrs H. Pinnington
The Chair of Governors is: Mrs K. Tomlinson (Acting Chair)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is: Mr G. Harrison
The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs H. Pinnington
The Safeguarding Officers are: Miss N. Manning, Miss S. Savage and Ms S. Baker
The Nominated Safeguarding Governor is: Mrs K. Tomlinson (Acting Chair)
The Nominated Governor for Dealing with Allegations Against the Headteacher is: Mrs K. Tomlinson (Acting Chair)

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School ensures that children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and 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 child protection 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.

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.

The following notice is made available to all visitors in reception. In addition all visitors are provided with additional safeguarding guidance.

"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. We would expect you to also report to the Headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead any behaviours of any adults working in the school that may concern you. By signing in on our Inventry system you are agreeing to follow the school's safeguarding advice to visitors and where appropriate the code of conduct for staff and volunteers."

Please find our Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Procedures within the Policy section of the website for more information.

In conjunction with Merseyside Police, Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff, called key adults, are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

At St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School our Key Adult is Mr Harrison (Assistant Headteacher: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare). Other key adults also include the Year Managers who are Ms N. Manning, Ms S. Savage and Ms S. Baker.

This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it most. You can find out more information by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting Mr Harrison in school on 0151 4778770.