There is no issue of greater importance to us at Nicol Mere than the safety of our children. We are committed to safeguarding and safer recruitment, for all our pupils.
Nicol Mere Primary School is fully committed to the safeguarding of our children – ensuring the well being of children is paramount. For pupils to feel that they are able to do their best and achieve their true potential, it is important that they feel safe and supported in our school environment.
Everyone working within our school, whatever their role, is acutely aware that issues to do with the protection of children are of the highest possible importance. Trust underpins everything that we do in school. The parents of our children entrust the care of their children to us, and together we are all responsible for their well being.
In relation to safeguarding, Nicol Mere aims to ‘prevent’, ‘protect’ and ‘support’ all of our children by addressing child protection in the curriculum, pastoral activities, the management of the school, and by empowering and enabling staff to be vigilant for vulnerable students through regular, ongoing training and the dissemination of information. We also involve our children in regular assemblies with visiting agencies and workshops which will enable them to stay safe online, in school and at home.
What do we do?
These of some of the procedures we put into place to support safeguarding:
If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to one of the following:
Designated safeguarding lead: Mr Paul Gubbins (Headteacher)
Deputy safeguarding lead: Mrs Stephanie Swift (Deputy headteacher)
Deputy safeguarding lead for Looked After Children (LAC): Miss Lesley Norris (SENDco)
Deputy safeguarding lead and online safety lead: Mrs Rebecca Parkinson
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Jane Baines
Main Safeguarding Policies
The Difference Between Safeguarding and Child Protection
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.
In practice, safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. This diagram sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:
As you can see, child protection is one aspect of safeguarding. Child protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Help and advice for parents
As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We are here should we need to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe. Here is some advice and resources for helping parents to keep their children safe, advice for parents on keeping children safe out of school, at home and online, when using the internet, social networking websites and playing online games, as well as help and advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for your children.
Useful Safeguarding Links and Contacts
If you require further assitance, or wish to self refer to the Early Help team at Wigan council, the contact details are provided below:
Wigan Early Help Hub/Referral Team - 01942 486262