Safeguarding

The Crossley Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse and that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. The diagram below indicates what we consider to be essential to our safeguarding work.

Here is our school Safeguarding policy which is reviewed annually: Child Protection and Safeguarding October 2017

In addition you may find the following documents useful:

A copy of the Key Document: Keeping Children Safe in Education from September 2016
Guidance for adults around cyber bullying
E-safety information for parents


Key Personnel


The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jonathan Brownlie (Deputy Head)

In addition, students can talk to any of the following staff about safeguarding:


Mr S Donlan (Head of Sixth Form)


Mr C Davies (SENCO)


Mrs Cassidy (Headteacher)


The Prevent Duty

Under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, we are aware that we must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, and that this is known as the Prevent Duty.

In order to fulfil the Prevent Duty staff have received information and training to help them to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and the school is committed to accessing further training to ensure that all staff are up to date and aware of this duty. If staff do identify children for whom this may be a concern they should apply the usual referral process and Child Protection procedures and pass this information to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will contact the Prevent Coordinator should there be concerns about a child or family linked to potential radicalisation or extremism. The Prevent Coordinator will then assist the DSL regarding whether a referral is appropriate and whether this child or family will need to be referred to the Channel Panel. The Prevent Coordinator is Arelys Gomez-Reves who can be contacted on arelys.cgomez-reves@calderdale.gov.uk, or on 07929 010016.

We will also incorporate the promotion of fundamental British Values into assemblies and PSHE in order to help build pupils’ resilience and enable them to challenge extremist views.

Radicalisation will also be considered within current E-Safety policies, procedures and curriculum in terms of having suitable filtering in place and also raising awareness with staff, parents and children about the increased risk of online radicalisation, through the use of the internet, Social Media and Gaming.