At Linaker nothing is more important to us then the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies to secure this. If you have any concerns , no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please talk to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads or Mrs Brown. Our Designated Safeguarding staff are Mrs Thomas, Mr Hirst, Vanessa Fletcher and Claire Martin. Our aim is always to pick up on issues early and provide appropriate support to families quickly.
A new policy framework for schools came into force in September 2018. The leadership team and governors updated the safeguarding policy and this can be found by clicking the link below.
Safeguarding children is everybody’s duty so, if you are worried that a child may be suffering significant harm, or if you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please tell us or follow the advice below.
Members of the public can contact Sefton Social Care using the information below:
· Call 0345 140 0845 between 8am and 6pm (minicom 0151 934 4657).
· Contact the emergency duty team on 0151 934 3555 for urgent advice outside of office hours (from 5.30pm Mon to Thurs, and 4pm Friday and weekends). If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.
Please provide as much information as possible in order for them to respond to your concerns.
We appreciate that making a referral to children’s Social Care may be difficult for you. Please be reassured that your concerns will be recorded and any response carefully considered, and if you would prefer you can remain anonymous.
You can contact Sefton's Community Adolescent Service (CAS) if you are concerned about a young person (age 12-25 years) who is: being pushed to be in a gang; at risk of sexual exploitation; have problems with drugs and/or alcohol, have poor mental health, experience violence at home or have run away from their family.
CAS will deal with the issues of the young person and their family before they escalate. Family members, professionals or the young person in question can contact the service on 0345 140 0845.
You can also e-mail them at : SocialCare.CustomerAccessTeam@hsc.sefton.gov.uk
Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphopic Bullying
In our school we treat everyone with respect and all prejudiced language is challenged.
Please see a member of the pastoral team if you wish to bring anything to our attention or wish to know more about our policies and what we can do to help.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Virtual College teamed up to provide a short, free online course entitled ‘Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE’ designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to protect children against sexual exploitation. Details are available via the following link: https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on specified authorities, including local authorities and childcare, education and other children’s service providers, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn in terrorism (the ‘Prevent Duty’). Young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, in particular those via the internet and other social media. Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, violence or alcohol.
Mrs Thomas is the lead on the Prevent strategy.
Staff in school are trained to look out for signs and know that we tackle any types of extremism within the school community.
Our anti radicalisation policy, Parent Leaflet and anti-bullying policies are at links below:
Other Useful Numbers : Childline 0800 1111
Children are at risk of being sexually exploited. In the links below you can download information related to this – including the signs to look out for and the action to be taken.
· step by step guide
· guidance for pupils
· guidance for parents
If you are worried that you are being bullied visit the Bullybusters website or call Bullybusters Tel: 0800 169 6928 who can provide support for victims of bullying and their families.
What is Safeguarding Children and Young People all about?
The UN Convention states that Children and Young People have rights, such as
The right to life
The right to be treated as equal citizens
The right to live in a safe environment
The right to be educated without fear
The right to be protected from abuse and neglect
Tel. 08000 68 41 41 for support and practical advice to anyone concerned that a young person they know may be suicidal. Calls are free from BT landlines. Other networks and mobile rates may vary.
Female Genital Mutilation FGM
Petals is the UK’s first FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) web app. The app is now live and available for download. The web app is designed to allow teenagers to learn about female genital mutilation (FGM) anonymously, and get help if they are at risk, has been launched.
The app, which works across most smartphones, tablets and laptops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.
Please see some guidance, information and support about child sexual exploitation:
There is information here about gender identity: