Here at Rode Heath School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We believe that all children deserve the best possible experience at school and our aim is to help them be the best that they can be across every area of school life – academic, social, personal, physical and spiritual. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.
The designated safeguarding lead is Miss Michelle Moss and the deputy safeguarding lead is Mr John Frankland.
The nominated governor for safeguarding is Tara Sanchez (Governor).
The designated lead for looked after children is Miss Michelle Moss.
All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies.
All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023
It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and our safeguarding policy.
Please find a link to our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy - Rode Heath Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Click here to view the DfE guidance: Information Sharing
Effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between agencies. Where professionals consider that the practice of other professionals is placing children at risk of harm, they must be assertive, act swiftly and ensure that they challenge the relevant professionals in line with the School’s whistleblowing policy.
Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent. All staff members have completed the necessary Prevent training.
All adults at Rode Heath are made aware of the Cheshire East Consultation Service website: ChECS - Cheshire East Children's Consultation Service .This provides support to employees wishing to raise concerns.
Useful Links for Parents:
- As part of our Hearts and Minds curriculum, we teach the children about the acronym PANTS. It was created by the NSPCC. Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. Please follow this link for further information and access to the video and resources that we share in school: Pants are Private.
- Please refer to the Online-Safety section of the website for more information and useful links with how to keep your child safe online: Saferinternet BBC:Ownit
- Keeping Children Safe in Cheshire East Parent and Carers information: Parents and Carers.
- Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub: Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub
- Childline is a useful website for information and advice for children, parents and carers on a number of issues
- The Cheshire East Consultation Service ( ChECS) is the ‘front door’ for access to services, support and advice for children and their families, from early help and support through to safeguarding and child protection. If you have any concerns about a child then please use this link ChECS - Cheshire East Children's Consultation Service
We are an Operation Encompass school. This is a partnership between the police service and education providers that was developed in 2011 and is already well-established across all of England and Wales. The aim of the partnership is to ensure all children experiencing domestic abuse receive timely support when the information is passed onto the school.
The partnership ensures that the school's trained Designated Safeguarding Lead is notified prior to the start of the next school day after an incident, where the police attended a report of domestic abuse and where there were children present related to either of the adult parties involved. The sharing of this information enables appropriate support to be give to the child.
You can find out more about Operation Encompass via the following site: https://www.operationencompass.org/
What have we been doing at Rode Heath?
Our School Council delivered their assembly all about Bonfire and Firework safety ahead of the weekend's celebrations.
Mr Frankland delivered two assemblies today 15.11.23. The theme 'Pants are Private'.