Higher Openshaw Community School

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Saunton Road, Manchester, Lancashire M11 1AJ

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Safeguarding & Family Support

Higher Openshaw Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff 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 Policy which can be viewed on our website. Paper copies are also available on request. 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Dent Headteacher. Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Hutchinson ( SLT & Family Support ), Mr Thackway (Deputy Headteacher). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is George Dake.

The Manchester Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 0161 234 5001.

Childline                                             NSPCC

Tel: 0800 1111                                    Tel: 0808 800 5000

Operation Encompass

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that is a Police Initiative and is supported by Manchester Safeguarding Partnership.

The project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday. Please refer to the enclosed padlet information screen



As part of our safeguarding and child protection duties, we fully endorse the Government’s PREVENT strategy.

From July 1st 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 For Schools.

At Higher Openshaw Community School we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.

The statutory guidance refers to the importance of PREVENT awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All our teaching staff have received training on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.

To see our policy relating to this.

Safer Recruitment

Higher Openshaw Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and expect all staff to share this commitment.  Any candidate applying for employment at our school will undergo rigorous checks to ensure our children are safe at all times.  Checks continue to be carried out on staff and volunteers throughout their employment within our school.

Key members of our staff team and our Governors are trained in Safer Recruitment.  There is always at least one trained member of staff involved in the shortlisting, selection process and interview stage.

 Safeguarding Statement 2022.docxDownload
 Safeguarding and childprotection policy part 1 July 2022.docxDownload
 Safeguarding and childprotection policy part 2 Roles and Responsibilities July 2022.docxDownload
 Safeguarding and childprotection policy part 3 July 2022.docxDownload
 Safeguarding and childprotection policy part 4 July 2022.docxDownload
 Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Part 5 guidance.docxDownload
 Weapons and Knife policy Jan 2022 updated.docxDownload
 Visitor and volunteer safeguarding leaflet 2017.docxDownload
 Child on child and Sexual Violence Policy Information 2022.docxDownload
 Looked After Children and PLAC Policy 2022.docxDownload
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