We take safeguarding very seriously. Woodhey High School has clear policies and procedures to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people.
All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with pupils.
All key staff for Safeguarding are detailed in the school policy on the website.
We ensure staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep children safe through provision of regular training on child protection issues. The qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead (Child Protection Officer) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads within Woodhey provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaises closely with other services such as children’s social care. We also have a designated lead Academy Council Leader for safeguarding/child protection on the Academy Council.
Our staff are trained to be vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including bullying, online safety, emotional or other abuse or extremist behaviour. We have clear procedures in place where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified. We share information with other public bodies – within agreed protocols.
As part of Woodhey’s safeguarding measures, we also ensure our students are not exposed to inappropriate political or controversial messages. Through our school core values, we promote fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. In line with this, we ensure all expressed views and actions contrary to these values are challenged. We are alert to the indicators of radicalisation and take steps to protect those who may be susceptible to messages of violence. All concerns are reported and, where necessary, referred to external agencies.