Safeguarding

The safety and welfare of ALL our pupils and staff is paramount. We provide a safe education environment where we respect and value the children and expect the same of them. We welcome enquiries about how we meet our safeguarding and protection responsibilities.

We are trained to be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and have procedures in place to ensure our staff and young people are protected.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about any child in our care.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

J. Hughes (Deputy Headteacher)
Tel: 0151 498 4055
E: office@newheights.liverpool.sch.uk

 

 

 

Tackling Child Abuse

Please see the link, below, for guidance from the Department for Education relating to tackling child abuse.

Anything you notice can help a child at risk.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

Many people do not act because they are worried about being wrong.

You do not have to be absolutely certain; if you are concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.

Following these simple steps and reporting your concerns to your local council could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.

Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

 

 

 

Working Together to Safeguard the Children and Young People of Liverpool

Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 required each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Section 14 of the Children Act 2004 sets out the objectives of LSCBs, which are:

  1. To coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area; and
  2. To ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.

The Government’s Statutory Guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances;
  • Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

 

Everyone’s Responsibility

Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB):

Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board is chaired independently in order to provide effective scrutiny and hold all agencies to account for the effectiveness of their services and how they work together.

Links to Statutory Partners:

Liverpool City Council (Social Care and Education) www.liverpool.gov.uk
Merseyside Police www.merseyside.police.uk
Merseyside Probation Trust www.merseysideprobationtrust.gov.uk
Youth Offending Service www.liverpool.gov.uk
Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust www.alderhey.nhs.uk
Aintree University hospital NHS Foundation Trust www.aintreehospitals.nhs.uk
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust www.liverpoolwomens.nhs.uk
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust www.rlbuht.nhs.uk
CAFCASS www.cafcass.gov.uk
HMP Liverpool www.justice.gov.uk

 

National Crime Agency – County Lines

‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs.

These dealers will use dedicated mobile phone lines, known as ‘deal lines’, to take orders from drug users. Heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine are the most common drugs being supplied and ordered. In most instances, the users or customers will live in a different area to where the dealers and networks are based, so drug runners are needed to transport the drugs and collect payment.

A common feature in county lines drug supply is the exploitation of young and vulnerable people. The dealers will frequently target children and adults – often with mental health or addiction problems – to act as drug runners or move cash so they can stay under the radar of law enforcement.

In some cases the dealers will take over a local property, normally belonging to a vulnerable person, and use it to operate their criminal activity from. This is known as cuckooing.

People exploited in this way will quite often be exposed to physical, mental and sexual abuse, and in some instances will be trafficked to areas a long way from home as part of the network’s drug dealing business.

As we have seen in child sexual exploitation, children often don’t see themselves as victims or realise they have been groomed to get involved in criminality. So it’s important that we all play our part to understand county lines and speak out if we have concerns.

For further information, please see the National Crime Agency’s website:

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/drugs/county-lines