Safeguarding

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Our child protection policy provides clear direction regarding expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child protection issues. It also makes explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures, to ensure that child protection concerns and referrals may be handled sensitively, professionally and in ways which prioritise the needs of our students.

We will always work with our students as young people.

  1. We will take the time to listen to their concerns – what matters to them, matters to us
  2. We will let them choose who to talk to and what they want to share
  3. We will support and empower them to make their own decisions
  4. We will be non-judgemental, proportionate and transparent in our responses
  5. We will respect their privacy and confidentiality and seek their consent wherever possible before sharing information
  6. We will always discuss the next steps with them and help them access appropriate and specialist support on their terms

In any situation, their wellbeing and safety are our top priorities.

Safeguarding Information for visitors to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that a young person’s school is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident to which the child or young person has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on them in school the following day.

Each school is informed of all such incidents, not just those where an offence can be identified or those which are graded as high risk.  The partnership recognises that all domestic abuse, vulnerable child and missing incidents can be harmful to children and young people.

This information will be shared throughout the year, including holidays and weekends.  Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved.

A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police.  Our Key Adults are listed below.  They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families.  The Key Adults will keep this information confidential and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person.  It will not be shared with other school students.

This national initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area.  If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.

Key Adults at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Main School (01200) 423379
Mrs Catherine Reeves
Deputy Headteacher (Head of Main School) and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Jamie Alcock
Assistant Headteacher (Main School) and Back-Up Designated Safeguarding Lead

Sixth Form (01200) 423118
Mrs Kate Johnston
Deputy Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form) and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Helen Ashton
Assistant Headteacher (Sixth Form) and Back-Up Designated Safeguarding Lead

If you have any questions or wish to know more about our involvement in Operation Encompass, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.  

All staff are required to undergo an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and to read the documents available below.

Young people are most likely to be successful academically if they feel secure in their school environment. Safeguarding themes form an integral part of the Main School PSHE programme and the Sixth Form Guidance programme. Staff are trained regularly in a variety of aspects of Safeguarding and Child Protection and we have a number of members of the Senior Leadership Team trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

What to do if you are worried about a child and think they might be suffering abuse

During term-time, if you’re worried that a CRGS student is at risk or is being abused, of if you have any concern about Safeguarding or Child Protection, please contact Mrs C Reeves (Main School) or Mrs K Johnston (Sixth Form). They are the Designated Safeguarding Leads and can be contacted by telephone 01200 423379 (Main School) or 01200 423118  (Sixth Form).  The Back-up Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss H Ashton (Assistant Headteacher – Sixth Form), Ms J Renold (Assistant Headteacher – Director of Studies) and Mr J Alcock (Assistant Headteacher – Main School).

During school holidays all safeguarding issues should be directed to the Children’s Social Care Team at Lancashire County Council on the following telephone number: 0300 1236720 (between 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.) or out of hours 0300 1236722 (8.00 p.m. to 8.00 a.m.).

eSafety

An important theme covered in assemblies as part of Main School PSHE and Sixth Form Guidance programe is eSafety. For further information see our eSafety page.

Documents available to download