Safeguarding our children
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and at St Vincent's this is given the highest priority. Our Safeguarding Policies below set out how we do this in all areas of our school.
If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a child at St Vincent's, please contact a member of our Safeguarding Team immediately.
Safeguarding Team
Mr Dominic Vernon - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Kathryn Long - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Annette Downie - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Martin Hughes - SENDCo
Operation Encompass
In conjunction with Cheshire Police, St Vincent's is involved in an 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 such an incident, children will often arrive at school distresses, upset, worries and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At St Vincent's our Key Adults are:
Mr Dominic Vernon - Head teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Kathryn Long - Deputy Head teacher and Deputy DSL
Our children are taught how to stay safe online as part of the Computing Curriculum, as well as wider learning. It is vitally important that we work in partnership with parents and carers, in order to provide children with a consistent message about staying safe online.
We have trained pupil E-Safety Officers who attend annual training by the Local Authority Safeguarding Team in collaboration with Cheshire Police. The local PCSO officers and Police Liaison Officers also work closely with us in order that the children are aware of how they can remain safe online.
Protecting Children from Extremism and Radicalisation
Our duty as a school, within the Government's PREVENT agenda is to:
  • Risk assess, and reduce or manage any risks to the children
  • Work in partnership
  • Train staff in order to identify children at risk from radicalisation or exposure to extremism
  • Ensure policies are current in relation to protecting children from extremism and radicalisation
  • Give children the skills to be resilient to extremism and radicalisation