Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children are priorities at Cardinal Heenan. This includes
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
What we do to safeguard Pupils at Cardinal Heenan
- All pupils are assigned a tutor who takes an especial interest in the individual child
- Strong pastoral system to support pupils’ welfare
- Close liaison with parents and carers
- An established ethos of encouraging pupils to speak to staff about problems, either their own or their friends’
- Support workers to help pupils who have particular emotional needs
- Staff trained in Emotional Literacy
- Psychologist practitioner time purchased by the school to support the good mental health of pupils
- Programmes to support the emotional well-being of identified pupils e.g. managing emotions, building positive relationships, managing pressure
- Referrals made to outside agencies if support is needed beyond the expertise available in school. Access to professional support in: attendance; counselling; parental and family support; child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Clear expectations and action to maintain a safe environment:
- Policies and practices covering:- safeguarding and child protection, including self-harm, radicalisation, e-safety, health and safety, anti-bullying, racism and discrimination and whistle-blowing
- Comprehensive behaviour policy and systematic and graduating sanctions and rewards systems
- Supervised pupil arrival and departure at the end of each day. Pupils are supervised by a team of staff as they alight from and board our fleet of special school bus services. The local area is monitored by senior staff at various times
- Close monitoring of pupil attendance with prompt calls to parents or carers if pupils are absent or late without prior notice
- Safer recruitment practice followed. Security checks are made on all staff employed and volunteers working in the school
- All staff receive regular safeguarding training.
- Five members of staff trained as designated officers for child protection. These are: Mr. Corcoran, Assistant Headteacher; Mrs. Jobson, Lead Year Manager; Miss Waite, Year Manager; Mrs. Hoyland Year Manager; and Mrs. Keinhorst, Year Manager. The member of our Governing Body with responsibility for Safeguarding is Mr. Partridge. Please telephone the school (887 3240) and ask to speak to one of these people if you wish to discuss a safeguarding or child protection issue or if you wish to access support.
- Close working relationship with the schools’ designated Safer Schools Police Officer
- Lessons in Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCE) covering safeguarding issues e.g. anti-bullying, assertive behaviour, e-safety, healthy relationships, etc.
- A variety of safety messages delivered to pupils via assemblies and in the daily notices
Safety and Security:
- The school building and grounds form a gated, fenced, secure site. A security pass is needed to gain entry to the school building. All visitors are met in a secured reception area.
- Security cameras in grounds and the building
- Filtered internet access
- Risk assessments carried out for offsite activities and for pupils with particular health needs or specific difficulties
- Trained first aiders on call in the school
- Staff and visitors wear identification badges and lanyards