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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Where a child is suffering harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child. Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.



Winsley School have introduced the use of CPOMS. This revolutionary software application for monitoring child protection, safeguarding, and a range of other welfare issues, has been of huge benefit in our efforts to ensure that safeguarding is robust.


The CPOMS system allows the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Deputy DSLs quickly, easily and securely to record in one place all of the safeguarding information that the school has on a child. The order in which reports are made about a student (the student’s ‘chronology’) is built automatically and so trends are much easier to spot than if the information had been recorded on several pieces of paper.


All adults in the school can access the system to make a referral, allowing the DSL/Deputy DSLs to focus on taking appropriate follow-up action thereafter. All referrals to external agencies such as Children’s Services, CAMHS, the police, etc. are tracked easily and the system alerts us if timescales are not being met.


The information on the system can be interrogated quickly and easily. This also allows for easy reporting to Governors.


The system was implemented in September 2018.


Designated Safeguarding Person:

Mrs Becky Wilson

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Person:

Mrs Sophie Cockerham

Relevant documents

Relevant documents (please ask at school office for a copy)

  • Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
  • Code of Conduct for Adults in School
  • Child Protection Record Keeping Policy
  • Child Protection leaflet

Online safety

A Short Guide to Online Safety for Parents:


An explanation of sexting and how to manage it from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre:


Keeping your child safe on social networks:

NSPCC parent guide to social networks

A synopsis of the games and apps children might want to download and play, giving you an idea of whether they are appropriate for your children:


Social media guidance for parents:


Facebook checklist:


Advice for parents on cyber bullying:


Online-Safety Suggestions for parents of young people:


Snapchat Parents Guide:



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