Safeguarding & Family Support
Higher Openshaw Community 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.
Tel: 0800 1111 Tel: 0808 800 5000
Child Protection Support Services for BME Families in England
AFRUCA’s Child Protection and Family Support Service is a referral service working with parents at different stages of the child protection system. These include early intervention and care proceedings. This service enables us meet the demand for specialist cultural and country specific input into child protection cases involving children and families from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. This is a national service with referrals from local authority children’s services across England. Our team of social workers liaise with others to conduct child protection assessments and provide intensive one-to-one support for families in crisis to enable them strengthen their parenting capacities and improve protection and safety for children in the family settings.
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
In the wake of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the Home Office has published new statutory guidance designed to support organisations to identify and respond to domestic abuse, understand the impact on children, convey standards and promote best practice. It has explicit requirements on early years providers, schools and colleges as they have a key role in identifying concerns early, providing help for children and preventing concerns from escalating. Schools are encouraged to sign up to Operation Encompass (a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse).
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.
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.
Our recruitment procedures are very robust and essential checks are made throughout the selection process.
As part of our recruitment and selection procedures we:
- Take up references from the applicant’s current or former employer, following up with the author of the references if there is anything that appears to be contradictory or incomplete.
- The school reserves the right to contact present employers and any previous employer.
- Employers will be asked about disciplinary offences, including those which have expired.
- Consider whether the candidate has the necessary physical and mental fitness to teach, including whether any reasonable adjustments are required to enable the individual to provide effective and efficient teaching (as required by the Education Health Standards (England) Regulations 2003).
- Consider the flexibilities that exist to make appointments subject to the successful completion of a probationary period in order to provide the opportunity to assess an applicant’s suitability for the post over a period of time.
- Ensure Disclosure and Barring Service Forms are completed and verified before employment commences (in line with Section 115 of the Police Act 1997).
- Ensure every member of staff completes a Disqualification by Association declaration form about themselves and other adults living in their family home.
- Check eligibility to work in the UK.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved. Please ensure your child's data consent information is also up to date.
If you are concerned about any online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online please click the link below to report it.