Safeguarding

Co-op Academy Walkden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Easy Read Safeguarding Policy

We want everyone in our community to understand our safeguarding policy and how to keep themselves safe. We have therefore created an easy read version of the safeguarding policy, which is aimed at our students.


Safeguarding Staff

Co-op Academy Walkden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.

To promote a safe environment for students, we employ a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.

All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities and the training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.

Co-op Academy Walkden has a designated safeguarding lead and safeguarding team who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.

  • Mrs Claire Croft – Designated Safeguarding Lead & Designated Looked after Child (LAC) Lead
  • Mr C Corbett – Vice-Principal (Pastoral)
  • Mrs Elaine Beattie – Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Lindsay Corry – Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Lisa Dronfield – Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Amy Jeffries – Safeguarding Governor.
  • Head of Year 7 – Miss Rogers
  • Head of Year 8 – Mrs Simpson
  • Head of Year 9 – Miss Hamilton
  • Head of Year 10 – Ms Hodgkinson
  • Head of Year 11 – Mr Healey

Safeguarding Emergency Contacts: 07796346737/07342888369


Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between.

Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School is particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. Schools and colleges work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Co-op Academy Walkden works with ‘The Bridge Partnership’ and Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership.  Safeguarding Partnerships are responsible for making sure that children and young people in Salford are safe.

All reports or enquiries concerning the welfare or safety of a child must go straight to the Bridge Partnership on 0161 603 4500 as the first port of call. Bridge Partnership is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

If you need to speak to someone outside of these times, please contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0161 794 8888. This applies to reports from the public, council staff, partners and outside agencies. The email address is worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk

If a child is in immediate danger of being harmed or is home alone, call the police on 999.

For guidance and advice about keeping children safe, please click here.

Our Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

Keeping children safe in education 2019 government document can be found here.


Cyberbullying

Any form of bullying which takes place online or through a mobile device is cyber bullying. For guidance and advice on what to do if you feel your child is being bullied online or if you have concerns about what your child is accessing on the internet or use of social networking sites. For further information, please refer to our E-safety Policy.

General safety advice is also available from CEOP and ‘Get Safe Online’


Homophobic Bullying and Discrimination

New Government legislation states that schools must be proactive in preventing both homophobic bullying and discrimination and ensure that all children and young people feel safe and included. The following websites offer information and guidance related to homophobia:


Extremism and Radicalisation

Schools have a duty of care to their students and staff which includes safeguarding them from the risk of being drawn into terrorism. Our overriding aim is to ensure that young people are safeguarded and that no-one is drawn towards radicalisation and terrorism. We follow the guidelines set out in the PREVENT strategy which forms part of the UK’s overall counter-terrorism strategy: CONTEST.

The aim of the PREVENT strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people being drawn into terrorism, either becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. PREVENT works at the pre-criminal stage by using early intervention to encourage individuals and communities to challenge extremist and terrorist ideology and behaviour.

  • Click here to read the Government’s PREVENT duty statutory guidance document.
  • Click here to read the Government’s policy on counter terrorism.
  • Click here to read the Government’s revised PREVENT duty Guidance for England & Wales.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is the process used to inform or report to schools, prior to 9.00 a.m. the following school day, when the police have attended an incident in which a child or young person has been involved in or been exposed to an incident of domestic violence or abuse. The information is given to a trained ‘Key Adult’ within the school. The child can then be supported with silent or overt support.

Operation Encompass does not replace or supersede existing safeguarding processes or protocols, rather it seeks to support these operationally. The Protocol will be followed in conjunction with Salford’s Safeguarding Children Board/Salford Safeguarding Partnership.

By sharing information under the Encompass model, children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse will have access to responsive support after a domestic abuse incident. The school will receive information when:

  • Police have been called out to a domestic abuse incident;
  • The child is present in the household at the time of the incident;
  • The child is of school age.

Sharing this information in a timely manner via Operation Encompass enables the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.