Safeguarding

This section of our website provides parents and carers with useful information if you are considering our school or have a child who is a pupil at our school.

At St Thomas More Catholic High School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as demonstrated in our Safeguarding policy (under Key Polices and Statements).  We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. 

If you are a pupil looking for information, please check out the Keeping Safe and Online Safety pages.

 

ChECS

 

The Cheshire East Consultation Service (ChECS) is the ‘front door’ for access to services, support and advice for children and their families, from early help and support through to safeguarding and child protection. Phone ChECS on 0300 123 5012 (option 3). Callers will be directed to the appropriate team and relevant personnel more quickly via a range of automated options. If you need to contact someone out of hours and you believe it to be an emergency that can't wait, please call our Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 5022.

Prevent

Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and violent extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups. There is no obvious profile of a person likely to become involved in extremism or a single indicator of when a person might move to adopt violence in support of extremist ideas. The process of radicalisation is different for every individual and can take place over an extended period or within a very short time frame.

http://www.cheshireeastlscb.org.uk/professionals/prevent.aspx

 

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2018) provides a framework for the management of allegations and concerns of suitability made against adults who work with children. The guidance applies to situations which suggest that a person has: 

  • behaved in away that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
  • possibly committed an offence against, or related to, a child;
  • or behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

The above criteria relates to the adult's behaviour in the workplace, and the community.

If there is an allegation made against a member of staff, owner or manager of a setting then the Local Authority Designated Officer ( LADO) should be notified immediately on 01606 288931. Ofsted must also be informed about the allegation.

 

Online Safety

It can feel like a minefield keeping up with the latest apps that your child may be asking to download and use. Net Aware provides information on current popular sites, apps and games to allow you to make an informed decision. It includes information on age restrictions, ratings, features, potential risks and top tips for parents.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/

Information on Instagram can be found here

Below are a range of TOP TIPS for Parents information posters created by https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ providing relevant information about the latest apps and games.  

 

  Games console safety information

  Parent Fact Sheet 

 

 

 Suspicious activity which takes place online can be reported to CEOP using the button above.

  

Difficult Conversation

 

There are lots of ways to make it a bit less painful for you both when it comes time to talk about a 'difficult' subject.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Support with anxiety

 

 

OPERATION ENCOMPASS


In conjunction with Cheshire Police, St Thomas More is involved in a new 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 distressed, upset, worried 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 STM our Key Adults are Mrs Hogg, Mr Mckeown and Mrs Arterton.

This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.

You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting one of our Key Adults on 01270 568014.