Safeguarding

Pastoral Care

Safeguarding

Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our students in school and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. Our Child Protection Policy and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students in our care. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) ensure that they are aware of these procedures.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student’s welfare. Where possible, we will ensure that concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student’s welfare.

Pastoral Care

Safeguarding Officers

If your child is ever concerned about safety or wellbeing or about a friend, they should talk to their Head of House or Mr Farrow the school’s Designated Senior Person (DSP). You can also contact him directly at school on 01656 815503 or by email to stuart.farrow@archbishopmg.co.uk. Mrs Liane Gooding Deputy Designated Senior Person (DDSP). Mr Gavin McAleer, is also a member of the safeguarding team.

If it is not appropriate to contact any of the safeguarding team you must report directly to the headteacher or chair of governors,