Anyone can make a referral if a child is at risk of significant harm.
If you are worried a child may be suffering significant harm, or if you are concerned a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please follow the advice below:
If you believe a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police by dialling 999.
If you have concerns about a child or young person but believe they are not at immediate risk you can:
Discuss your concerns with a professional you trust such as a health visitor, teacher or GP,
Contact the MASH Team (see below) on 0151 443 2600 and choose from one of the options provided.
Contact Merseyside Police on 101 (24-hour non-emergency number).
At Yew Tree Primary Academy we take the Safeguarding of our children extremely seriously. Therefore if you have any reason to be concerned regarding the safety of a particular child, please contact the designated Safeguarding Officers:
Mrs Rebecca O’Hanlon ( Principal) – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr D Taylor (Assistant Principal) – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss J Appleton (Assistant Principal) – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms L Graney (Learning Mentor) – Safeguarding Officer
Mrs A Farrell (Governor) – Governing Body Safeguarding Officer
At Yew Tree Primary Academy we will:
Work in partnership with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in keeping with the KSCB’s ‘Levels of Need Guidance’ to secure improved outcomes for young people
Ensure that safer recruitment practices and safeguarding policies and procedures set out a culture of vigilance and challenge
Provide induction and regular training that enable all adults to recognise signs of abuse and neglect; act in the interests of the child and maintain an attitude ‘it could happen here’.
Work collaboratively with other agencies to promote early help for young people and families before their needs escalate to a point where intervention would be needed via a statutory assessment.
Challenge ourselves and others to ensure actions are completed in a timely way and press for reconsideration if the situation does not improve.
Quality assure all safeguarding practices including maintaining support and oversight of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Team, their actions and decisions and record keeping.
Ensure all adults working with young people follow an agreed code of conduct that promotes safe working practices and makes responsibilities and expectations clear, including the understanding that anyone can make a referral.
Complete any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 Safeguarding Audit in order to ensure policies and procedures follow KSCB, Local Authority and statutory guidance.
Implement any learning arising from serious case reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views of children, especially when assessing their needs.
Provide students with a curriculum which promotes their safeguarding and enables them to maintain healthy relationships.
As well as the Online Advice section in the ‘Parents’ Menu, containing links to guides for social media documents and safety guidelines, click on the links below for the latest Online Safety news…
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs. The ‘Listen to my Story’ campaign… The Listen to my Story campaign has been developed by Merseyside Police, local councils and third sector agencies throughout the Merseyside area to raise awareness of CSE in our communities and to educate young people, parents/carers, teachers, health professionals and service industry workers as to the signs and vulnerabilities of CSE.
Or why not download this useful Barnardos document: spot-the-signs-parents
All of our staff have been trained in the signs of CSE. If you are concerned about your child or someone you know let us know – we will be able to help.
Radicalisation and Extremism:
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
In order for schools to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.
Schools can build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.