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Safeguarding Statement

Church Lawton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff, multi-agency staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Paul Scales Principal, and the Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Lorraine Clegg. Other staff trained in child protection are Carol Arthurs HLTA , Kay Stark Class Teacher and Danielle Norris HLTA.

Church Lawton School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.

To promote a safe environment for students, Church Lawton School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.

All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities ranging from basic awareness for all, to Level 2 for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored, and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.

All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Child Protection Officers’ in school in compliance with the HM ‘sharing of information’ guidance March 2015. Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.

Student attendance is monitored closely, and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers, Education Welfare Officers, Social Care and the school Safeguarding team. Church Lawton School works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at Church Lawton School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

Church Lawton School Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Lorraine Clegg, Assistant Head Teacher, Tel: 01270 877601

Other staff trained in Child Protection:

Deputy DSL: Carol Arthurs. Tel: 01270 877601

Safeguarding Team: Tel: 01270 877601

Paul Scales

Kay Stark

Danielle Norris

Rachel Whitehurst

The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC) is Lorraine Clegg. Tel: 01270 877601

The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Catherine Lewis

The Child Protection Policy is available on our policy page.

If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can contact the school to speak to the DSL or you can contact the Cheshire East Safeguarding Board.

Download our safeguarding poster for further information:

How to keep children safe in education - What you need to know

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board - new arrangements (Download PDF)

Cheshire East - Safeguarding Children's Partnership (Download PDF)