Here at Piper Hill, we strive to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, online and in the community. Our staff are here to keep everyone safe and promote personal safety and well-being. All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the Designated Lead for Safeguarding: Sian Hughes or in her absence the headteacher.

Should you have any concerns, you can contact a member of the school safeguarding team - on 0161 436 3009 or  safeguarding@piperhill.manchester.sch.uk.

 

Sian Hughes

Deputy Head Designated Senior Member of Staff for Child Protection

Tracy Gallier

Deputy Head - Designated Senior Member of Staff for Child Protection

Rachel Hughes

Deputy Head - Designated Senior Member of Staff for Child Protection

Terri Hargreaves

Lead TA4 - Safeguarding LAC & PEP Lead

Lynn Edge

Safeguarding

Sheila Blundell

TA4 Level 3 Safeguard Admin

Sue Thorpe

Level 3 - Safeguard Support
 

Piper Hill High 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 Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed below.

 

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.

 

To promote a safe environment for students, Piper Hill High School employs 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 ranging from basic awareness for all, to Level 3 for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.


Visitors

All people coming in to school who are not staff or pupils of the school are classed as visitors and must all follow this procedure, this includes: parents and carers, former staff and pupils, Governors, contractors and staff from other schools.

 

Reporting in

All visitors are expected to report to the main school reception. At reception they will be greeted and asked to sign in, at which time they will be given a visitor’s badge, which must be worn at all times. They will also be given a lanyard for safeguarding purposes, to indicate whether they must be accompanied or not. The receptionist will make the visitor aware of the fire evacuation procedures which are printed on the reverse of the badge. If a member of staff comes across a visitor at a different entrance or part of the school, they should personally escort the visitor to reception. The member of staff must never give the visitor directions or send the visitor to reception unaccompanied.

Staff are instructed that if they see a stranger, alone, wearing a red lanyard or no lanyard the following action should be take – staff should challenge that person, and escort them to reception.

 

Visitors around School

The school has a central record of people who may visit the school and have been DBS checked and a list of these people will be retained on reception. These visitors are given a green lanyard. When such a person arrives in reception they must be able to prove their identity if they are not known to school staff. Only visitors who have proven their identity and have been DBS checked can be allowed to move around the school to fulfil their engagement without being accompanied.

For all other visitors, the receptionist will ask them to take a seat in the reception area and contact the member of staff they have come to see. This member of staff is responsible for ensuring that the visitor is accompanied at all times and is not free to wander about the school. These visitors are given a red lanyard.

 

Signing Out

All visitors should be escorted to reception and signed out when they are ready to leave. Lanyards must be handed back at reception when visitors leave the building. If reception is closed, then lanyards should be returned to a member of staff – this is an important safeguarding step.

 

Green

DBS (checked by school) - they can be allowed to move around the without being accompanied.

Red

They must be accompanied by a member of staff at all times – the member of staff being visited is responsible for this.

No lanyard

If a member of staff comes across a visitor at a different entrance or part of the school, they should personally escort the visitor to reception.


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

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Sian Hughes (Deputy Headteacher). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is David Clifford. 

 

 

Early Help

When there are early indications that things are not going well, Early Help is about engaging a child, young person, parent or family in a conversation about how to get things going well again.

 

Understanding the situation as early as possible and giving the right advice information and support starts here.

 

For general advice, guidance and information ring your Early Help Hub. To make a request for specialist or targeted interventions for families, complete an Early Help Assessment and request form and email your Early Help Hub.

 

The Manchester Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 0161 219 2895.

 

https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/site.page?id=Pa30YkIftcs

 

Other useful websites:

Social care referral https://www.manchester.gov.uk/homepage/879/childrens_services

CAMHs https://mft.nhs.uk/rmch/services/camhs/

 

Advice line contact numbers:

Early Help Hubs: North 0161 234 1973, Central 0161 234 1975, South 0161 234 1977

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC): 0808 800 5000

Local Authority (LA) Safeguarding in Education Team: 0161 245 7171

Manchester LA Designated Officer (formerly LADO): 0161 234 1214

 

Safeguarding Statement & Policies

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