Child Protection Statement

Higham Lane School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect, radicalisation and/or extremism, and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Higham Lane School has 13 Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) who will provide support to staff when carrying out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children's social care.

The safeguarding lead will listen to any concerns regarding a child and make a decision about the next stage. This could include a referral to social care, but it is important to note that any staff member can refer their concerns to Children's Social Care directly.

If parents, children, staff, or members of the community have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must speak to one of the following members of staff as quickly as possible. Staff should also complete the green safeguarding form. These are available in the staff room.

Senior DSL    Deputy Senior DSL  DSL  DSL DSL
 Dave Evans    DSL Di Pitcher  Steve Emery     Kate Nuttall    Debbie Worth Emma Mitchell

Mark Davies Leanne Whitfield   Iain Morris   Hanif Ladha Sarah Davies Vanessa Fern

If none of these people are available, please contact the Headteacher, Phil Kelly.

Contact numbers for the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

If school is closed and you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect, abuse or cruelty, contact MASH (formerly Social Services) on 01926 414144. Offices are open from Monday to Thursday: 8.30am-5.30pm, Friday: 8.30am-5pm. If it is outside of these times phone 01926 886922.

When phoning, say that you have concerns about a child that you would like to discuss and you will be put through to the appropriate person. In an emergency contact the Police by ringing 999.

Our core safeguarding principles are:

> The school's responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance.

> Children who are safe and feel safe are better equipped to learn.

> The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Representatives of the whole school community of students, staff and volunteers and governors will therefore be involved in policy development and review.

> If, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child, a referral will be made to Children's Social Care immediately. Anybody can make a referral. If the child's situation does not appear to be improving, any staff member with concerns should press for re-consideration. Concerns should always lead to help for the child at some stage.

> All staff members will maintain an attitude of `It could happen here' where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child.

If anything worries you or concerns you, report it straight away!

Our full policy - Policy 28 - is contained in the `School Policies' section of this website, which can be found in `School Information'.

 Please click on the HLS E-Safety logo for a link to Higham Lane School's Online Safety page where parents/carers can find advice and guidance on how to keep children safe on-line.    


  1. Policy 28 - Child Protection and Safeguarding
  2. Channel Duty Guidance - April 2015
  3. Child Sexual Exploitation Guidance - February 2017
  4. Inspecting Safeguarding In Early Years Education And Skills Settings
  5. Keeping Children Safe In Education
  6. Multi Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation
  7. Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales
  8. Prevent Duty Departmental Advice for Schools and Childcare Providers
  9. `This School' Poster
  10. Working Together to Safeguard Children