Sale Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Here at Sale Grammar School, we see safeguarding to include:
- Protecting children from any form of abuse and/or maltreatment
- Preventing harm to children’s health and/or development
- Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
- Proactively supporting our students by delivering an effective ‘Safeguarding Curriculum’ through our Skills for Life lessons.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy - see School Policies. You will note that within this policy, we outline other relevant policies which may also be requested from the school office for you to read.
Reporting a Concern
If you are concerned about a student, however small it may seem, then you can report this by contacting the school and asking to speak to one of our safeguarding team, whose details can be seen below. Nothing is too small to report, and concerns could include a change in appearance (including weight), a change in attitude/behaviour, or things that you may have overheard or been told by a child themselves, or by others.
All our staff have completed extensive safeguarding training covering a range of different issues, and our students know that if they have a concern, then they can speak to any member of staff, including their Head of Progress and Learning, and/or one of the safeguarding team below.
We remain committed to dealing with any concern which is passed to us and relevant actions will be taken in line with our policies.
Accessing help and support
During term time we are on hand to offer students and their families a high level of support. If you need to seek advice about your child then you can always contact their Head of Progress and Learning in the first instance. They will then advise on what to do next and may refer the matter to someone else, including one of our safeguarding team.
During evenings, weekends and holiday times, anyone with concerns can also use the contact details in the back of our school policy, and/or those which are listed below. Please remember that the policy also outlines how you can contact other agencies to report any concerns about a child.
Visitors to the site
We have clear guidelines which we follow for visitors and on arrival on site you will be provided with a safeguarding leaflet which outlines to you information about our school safeguarding processes, as well as wider safeguarding information.
Please note that visitors from specific organisations will be asked for photographic identification as part of our safeguarding processes.
Do remember that you can access other information pertaining to your child’s wellbeing from pages within our website, by clicking the ‘parents’ section at the top of the homepage. In addition to this, information on our ‘skills for life’ curriculum where aspects of our safeguarding curriculum are delivered, along with our wider RSHE curriculum, can be found within the curriculum pages.
Trafford Helpline Flyer
Trafford LA have also released a summary of various organisations which are also available to support both young people and their families. The flyer can be found below.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr John Reynolds (Assistant Headteacher) email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0161 973 3217 Ext. 6245
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mr Steve Crane (Assistant Headteacher) email: email@example.com tel: 0161 973 3217 Ext. 6264
Miss Abbey Mattox (Assistant Headteacher)email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0161 973 3217 Ext. 6264
The Designated Sale Grammar School Governor for Safeguarding is Caroline Royle email email@example.com
The Trafford Multi-Agency Referral and Assessment Team (MARAT) can be contacted on 0161 912 5125 or out of hours on 0161 912 2020.
Greater Manchester Police can be contacted on 0161 872 5050.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print, or on the internet, including social networking sites.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case, then please ensure that the school is informed so that the necessary steps can be taken to prevent this from happening.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please notify the school.