Child Protection and Safeguarding

Holy Family Catholic High School is a community and all those connected to it (staff, governors, parents, families and students) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. The school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children with their best interests at the centre of our work. Holy Family Catholic High School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and an environment that strives to ensure that all its pupils remain safe, secure, free from harm and respected. The purpose of this document is to ensure that all staff are aware of the arrangements that Holy Family Catholic High School has in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils.

Our school core safeguarding principles are:

  • Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility: all staff, or anyone who has contact with a child or young person including Governors and volunteers, should play their full part in keeping children safe;
  • Seeing the child first and considering what life is like for the child, maintaining a culture of vigilance.
  • That we operate a child-centred approach: a clear understanding of the needs, wishes, views and voices of children including trying to understand their lived experience.
  • Create an environment where children can tell us what they need to keep them safe
  • Provide support and intervention at the earliest possible opportunity in the least intrusive way in accordance with Sefton Level of Need Document.
  • We recognise our school is an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • We will aim to protect children using national, local and school child protection procedures;
  • We aim to work in partnership and have an important role in multi-agency safeguarding arrangements as set out by Working Together 2018.
  • That all staff or anyone who has contact with a child or young person including Governors and volunteers, have a clear understanding regarding abuse and neglect in all forms; including how to identify, respond and report. This also includes knowledge in the process for allegations against professionals. Staff, Governors and Volunteers should feel confident that they can report all matters of Safeguarding in the school, where the information will be dealt with swiftly and securely, following the correct procedures with the safety and wellbeing of the children in mind always.

School Contact Details

The Designated Child Protection Staff

Lead: Peter Westbury

Deputy: Janice McKean

Tel: 0151 924 6451

If you need to contact the Safeguarding Team email safeguardingteam@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Crisis Team

CAMHS: 0151 293 3577 Open 8am-6pm Mini-com: 0151 934 4657

MASH TEAM: 0345 140 0845

Pupil Safeguarding Referrals

Pupil Safeguarding Referrals

Safeguarding bulletin - What parents need to know about ...

Virtual Reality Headsets
Take a look at the article below to make sure that you understand the risks when using VR headsets and to get advice to help children use headsets safely.  The NSPCC have created an easy to understand article aimed at parents to help them in this growing area of technology.  As with all online devices, it's just about knowing the dangers and how to keep safe.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/virtual-reality-headsets/

 

www.kooth.com
Sefton works with Kooth to provide an online mental wellbeing community offering free, safe and anonymous support. 
Pupils can access this at www.kooth.com and registering/logging onto the site.  You can also follow them on Instagram, Tik Tok and their podcast is on Spotify
Parents may have questions about how it works and how it may support your child.  The key questions that people ask can be found here, but if you have any other queries or concerns, you can contact Kooth via email at parents@kooth.com https://www.kooth.com/parent-faqs

 

Online Safety Act (See document above)
This was passed into law recently with the aim of establishing major new layers of protection for children when they're online.  The government has pledged a "zero-tolerance approach to protecting children from online harm".  
Click on the links to an NSPCC article and one from Vodafone giving parents and children the information they need.  
 
Country Lines
 
 

Safer Internet Day 2024 - Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online

Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to focus on online safety with your child, whatever their age. This year’s theme is all about change and influence online and there are a range of pages that have been created to help you talk about these issues and ideas with your child, no matter how much time you have and in an age-appropriate way.

Please follow the link below for advice, guidance and top tips to help parents in this area.

https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2024/parents-and-carers

 

Pupil Safeguarding Referral System

Just before half term, pupils were given an assembly on what Safeguarding in school means.  

A part of this they were introduced to our Pupil Safeguarding Referral System.  Our pupils have always been great at reporting concerns they, or their friends, may be having, but this system allows them to report these concerns online. 

The referral system can be found by following the link below:

https://holyfamilyhs.thesharpsystem.com/

 

The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day takes place on 18th March.

The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day is a great way to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

Any child can be sexually or criminally exploited. It can happen anywhere. 

However many of those who are exploited may be reluctant to disclose offences or seek support, often due to stigma, prejudice, embarrassment, and the fear that they will not be believed or not recognise the exploitation due to the coercion and manipulation used.

Young people are groomed and exploited in many different ways.

This could be online, through street gangs, in religious environments, and by those in positions of authority including celebrities. The common theme in all cases is the imbalance of power and the control exerted on young people by the exploiter/perpetrator.

Those children and young people who are being exploited may appear to be willing accomplices.

This should be seen in the context of the controls exerted by the perpetrator and the submission of the child/young person to them. They are often not accomplices. 

Evidence shows that child exploitation can (and does) happen in all parts of our country.

CE is not restricted to urban areas such as large towns and cities but does in fact happen in rural areas such as villages and coastal areas.

Lots more information and guidance can be found on the following website: https://nwgnetwork.org/what-is-child-exploitation/help-for-parents-and-carers/

 

Financially motivated sexual extortion 

Globally, there has been an increase in reporting of children and young people, particularly teenage males, being forced into paying money or meeting another financial demand after an adult offender has threatened to release nudes or semi-nudes of them. This is financially motivated sexual extortion, sometimes referred to as ‘sextortion’, and is a form of child sexual abuse.

The National Crime Agency has issued an alert to education settings that provides advice on how to: 

• recognise the signs of financially motivated sexual extortion 

• raise awareness and support children to seek help 

• support victims 

For information visit CEOP Safety Centre https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/