Wade Deacon High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and well-being of every student. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed here: Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Students are made aware that they can talk to any adult in school if they have any concerns. All staff are trained in safeguarding and receive regular safeguarding updates, including the signs and indicators that a child may be being harmed or at risk of harm and the procedure to record and report any student disclosures.
Wade Deacon High 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, WDHS 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 feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset however, we must act upon the advice given to us in the best interest of the child.
If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact one of the following Safeguarding Officers: 0151 423 2721
Miss C Ward Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs N Harrison Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr M Deeney Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Bairstow Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs K Bryan Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr A Mitchell Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
In the unlikely event of not being able to make contact with any of these members of staff, please report directly to the school Principal, Mr S Corner
If your concern relates to the Principal, please contact the Acting Chair of Governors (Mrs Chris Fone)
Care Guidance and Support
The Care, Guidance and Support Team is made up of a team of Learning and Wellbeing Mentors who can offer support to students and parents/carers creating a positive link between home and school. A mentor would be available to talk over the phone or meet face to face during school hours and can be contacted through the school office or through the Progress Leader. The mentor team are trained to support students and families with issues related to Mental Health, E- Safety and Criminal and Sexual Exploitation. If a mentor cannot help with an issue, they are able to re direct parents/ carers to someone who can.
We also have a member of staff who is trained to offer systemic family practice to give families an extra layer of support when needed. This is a therapeutic offering that works with families, it is a way of talking together that supports family members to explore difficult thoughts and feelings safely; to understand each other's experiences and views and be more able to help each other. You can gain further information about this by contacting the school office and asking to speak to Mrs Bairstow.
From 1 July 2015, all schools are subject to a duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as The Prevent Duty (June 2015). As part of Wade Deacon High School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British Values. We believe that our students should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society and that everyone should be treated with respect. As part of our on-going commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the Government’s Prevent Strategy. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty
In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Wade Deacon 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 (Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Wade Deacon High School, our Key Adult is Mrs Harrison: Leader of Care, Guidance and Support.
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 Mrs Harrison.
Safer Schools' Partnership
Wade Deacon High School also works in alliance with Safer Schools and Young People Partnership and has a Youth Engagement Officer linked to the school: PC J Tetlow.
Internet Matters – this is the main online safety advice site for parents in the UK. Internet Matters has a wealth of information for parents including simple tutorials on how to set up the internet filter on your broadband, settings for all devices, advice and guidance, and much more, the link is below:
Think you know website is also a great source of support, which sends out tasks and activities that families can complete together to get adults and children addressing concerns around staying safe online.