At Whitecross Hereford the health, safety and well-being of every child is our main priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our students. Our staff are well placed to observe any concerns and receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding training so they are aware of the procedures to follow. We are committed to reacting in accordance with the Local Authority procedures in all cases where there is concern.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children?s health or development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome.
Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.
The school adheres to the following three Department for Education safeguarding documents which form our policies and procedures:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • The Prevent Duty

  • Our Child Protection Team is led by Mr Alex Tootell (Assistant Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead) and supported by Mrs Michelle Giampalma (SENCo & Student Services Learning Manager, Deputy DSL) and Mrs Lorraine Lewis (Welfare Coordinator, Deputy DSL). For further information please refer to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.