It is the absolute priority within our school that our children are kept safe. To ensure that this is the case the staff all have access to formal safeguarding training at least once every two years and to in-house safeguarding training on an annual basis wherever the need is identified. We also have in place several key policies. We treat the safety of our children very seriously and all staff know what to do should they have any concerns that a child is in any form of danger. We are very experienced in identifying risks.
In this section of our VLE you will be able to access the latest copy of the DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and some of our key policies that help ensure your children are safe (Please see below to read policies).
Should you, as a parent, have any concerns you may contact Social Care direct or you may contact one of the four Safeguarding Leads in school, Mrs Carruthers, Mrs Grimshaw, Mrs Field & Mrs Holmes.
In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Upton Westlea Primary School is involved in a new initiaitive called 'Operation Encompass'. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called key staff) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Upton Westlea our key adults are Mrs K Carruthers (Headteacher) and Mrs D Grimshaw (Family Support Worker / Learning Mentor).
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find out more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting Mrs Carruthers or Mrs Grimshaw.