The Safeguarding of Pupils at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact:

Mr P Harrison, Deputy Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

pharrison@wirralgrammarboys.com

or

Miss K Spearing, SENCO (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)

kspearing@wirralgrammarboys.com

“Safeguarding” is a broad term used to describe services, philosophies and procedures aimed to protect children from harm. “Child Protection” is a part of Safeguarding. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

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What sorts of issues are “Safeguarding” issues?

  • Child Protection
  • Preventing Radicalisation
  • Safer Recruitment and selection of staff
  • Allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff
  • On-line safety
  • Risk assessments for off-site activities
  • Health and Safety including site security
  • Staff Training and raising awareness
  • Safer Working Practice

Specific Safeguarding Issues

  • bullying including cyberbullying
  • children missing from education
  • child missing from home or care
  • child sexual exploitation
  • domestic violence
  • drugs fabricated or induced illness
  • faith abuse
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • gangs and youth violence
  • gender based violence/violence against women and girls
  • hate
  • mental health
  • missing adults and children
  • private fostering
  • preventing radicalization (see below)
  • relationship abuse
  • sexting
  • trafficking

School Security

Site Security

In order to assist in the security of the school both during the day and after hours, a magnetic door locking system operates on ALL external doors and gates and some internal doors. Boys and staff de-activate the locks using our thumb print recognition system.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our school site is safe and secure for all. At breaks and lunchtimes, staff patrol the site and provide supervision in the main student areas. For security reasons, we expect all boys, other than sixth form students, to be on the school site at breaks and lunchtimes. We have CCTV coverage in most of the communal areas of the school (Dining Hall, corridors, stairs and playground areas). Access to these images is restricted and they may be used to assist in the management of the school and pupils behaviour.

At breaks and lunchtimes, senior staff and duty assistants patrol the site and wear high visibility coats and carry radios to assist with communication. Such staff are on hand to ensure that lunchtimes are orderly and boys have a point of contact.

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school entrance

Entrance, Car Park and Pedestrian Safety

In a morning and after school the entrance to the school site becomes very busy. Parents who are dropping their son off at school or collecting them at the end of the day are advised that there are parking restrictions in operation on Cross Lane between 8.30am and 9.30am and also between 3.30pm and 4.30pm and you are requested to do so WELL AWAY from the school gates. As boys walk onto the school site they will do so either via the pedestrian entrance by the school dining hall or, as is the case for most, via one of the two pedestrian gates either side of the main car park entrance. The most important instruction is that boys must not walk through the gates that are used by motor vehicles. Within the school site, pupils must use the zebra crossings when crossing the car park.

Visitors

Visitors to the school enter the building through the doors in the main building in the old part of the school on Cross Lane.