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.
In conjunction with Lancashire Constabulary, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is involved in a national initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard, or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.
Following an incident, children and young people will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to help and support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can help and support students and their families within our school when they need us most. You can find out more information by visiting the Operation Encompass website: https://www.operationencompass.org/. (For more information you can also e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact one of our Key Adults / Designated Safeguarding Leads – please see below.
Being part of Encompass means that Clitheroe Royal Grammar School will receive a notification from Lancashire Police before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved in or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous day. The information is given in confidence to the Key Adults and will enable us to provide the best possible support for the child.
From Monday 29th April 2019, we will receive information regarding students in Years 7-11. It is anticipated that we will receive information regarding Sixth Form students from September 2019 onwards.
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. A copy of the letter that has been sent to all parents is available here.
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.).
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.