At Wistaston Church Lane Academy we are committed to safeguarding our learners and ensuring that all of their needs are met.
Everyone who works in the school has a responsibility to keep our children safe. It is our belief that no child should suffer harm or neglect, either at home or at school.
We feel that it is important that both children and adults feel comfortable in our learning environment and confident to speak out about concerns or worries.
Our Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mr James Bancroft
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Steph Watson
Safeguarding Team: Mrs Angela Culshaw, Miss Kim Potts (Mental Health First Aider) and Miss Wendy Stones
Governor with Safeguarding responsibility: Mrs Lesley Meaney
Acting Chair of Local Advisory Board: Dr Audrey Skidmore
If you need to speak to a member of someone regarding a concern, please ask to speak to our a member of the Safeguarding Team at the School Office.
All staff take their responsibilities seriously and the children are taught that they can speak to any adult. All staff undergo safeguarding training led by the Cheshire East SCIES Team and they are regularly updated in staff meetings or via our safeguarding communication boards. All adults working within our school are DBS checked and all safer recruitment checks are made. Visitors must wear visible lanyards.
Concerns about a member of staff must be reported to Mr Bancroft or our Chair of Governors, Dr Audrey Skidmore. They can be contacted at the School Office.
Our school is part of a project, which is run between Cheshire East schools and Cheshire Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic violence incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is done through a phone call to school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident. The Key Adult at Wistaston Church Lane Academy is Mr James Bancroft. If he receives an Encompass call he will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help – if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and make sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations. This is described in our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
The sharing of information from the Police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help. Our aim is to support children and their families.
If you are concerned about online abuse, please visit the CEOP website.
Viral scares - Useful information
Stories and warnings often circulate about online scares or suicide challenges which are alleged to have encouraged children to engage in harmful activities. Most have been found to be hoaxes, fake news or wildly exaggerated stories; however, it is important that the children and staff know how to seek help should they require it.
Seeing or hearing about this content can be distressing for both children and their families. If a child has not heard about the scare, it can make them curious, and they may look for the content online which they could find upsetting.
CEOP suggest, that if parents or carers come to you directly, worried about information they have seen or heard, you should signpost them to this article, which contains further information and links to other resources: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/theres-a-viral-scare-online-what-should-I-do/
Sources of support:
Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub:
CALL 0300 123 5101
Text 0777 194 1464
Act on it now - Act On It Cheshire East’s site for healthy relationships
Disrespect NoBody a website for young people looking at different types of relationship abuse
Resources - Act On It links to films, Educational Toolkits, websites and books