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We take the welfare and safeguarding of all of our students seriously at The Hollins.

There are 2 safeguarding leads;

Mrs Dougan (deputy headteacher)

and Miss Crosland (pastoral manager),

who ensure that all school staff are appropriately trained in safeguarding to be able to identify any concerns in our students, offer support as necessary, and pass on all relevant information to the safeguarding leads swiftly.

RECRUITMENT

We take great care when recruiting new staff, to make certain that they have no convictions against children and all new teachers’ safeguarding knowledge is tested during their interview.

MONITORING

We are proactive in providing all new students with a named person. This is someone who students can use for support, or speak to if they have any worries, however students are of course able to discuss any issues they may have with any member of staff with whom they feel comfortable. In addition to named people, the school uses a both a filtering system and a monitoring system to ensure that computer use is appropriate. Any concerns surrounding internet searches, images seen, or websites that students may try to access are flagged up immediately for the safeguarding leads to investigate.

INFORMATION SHARING

At The Hollins, one way we receive information of serious welfare and safeguarding issues is via a system called Encompass. Encompass enables the police and children’s social care to pass on information regarding safeguarding concerns of Hollins students. All such information is received by Mrs Dougan and Miss Crosland who ensure that any students who are affected are spoken to and given any additional support they may need.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Information is received and shared on a strictly “need to know” basis and the privacy of our students and their families is respected.

REPORTING

There are occasions when our students are at risk. If this is thought to be the case, the school acts quickly in making appropriate referrals to try to arrange the best support possible from the most appropriate place.

FAMILIES

If you have any issues you would like to discuss with our safeguarding leads, please do not hesitate to contact them. Equally, if you suspect a child may be being harmed, you are free to contact children’s social care, or to speak to Miss Crosland or Mrs Dougan who are both very experienced in the field of safeguarding and child protection.