Our children have a right to be safe.
All staff, parents, carers and visitors have a responsibility to ensure our children are safe. There are three people in charge of keeping our children safe at Puss Bank School & Nursery. If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child who attends Puss Bank, then these are the people you can talk to either in person or by telephoning the school on 01625 917210.
Head Teacher & Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Hammond Mr Cooper
Deputy Head Teacher & Learning Mentor &
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Day to Day Safeguarding
As a Level One Unicef Rights respecting School, our children have the right to:
Article 12 You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
Article 19 You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
Article 27 You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can't do many of the things other kids can do.
Article 33 You have the right to protection from harmful drugs and from the drug trade.
Article 34 You have the right to be free from sexual abuse.
Article 35 No one is allowed to kidnap or sell you.
Article 36 You have the right to protection from any kind of exploitation (being taken advantage of).
Article 37 No one is allowed to punish you in a cruel or harmful way
Article 39 You have the right to help if you've been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
All of our staff at Puss Bank School & Nursery have been DBS checked and receive regular ongoing safeguarding training.
A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed on our Policies page.
If you need any further advice or help, then you can contact the following services:
Cheshire East Consultation Service
Tel: 0300 123 5012
Tel: 0800 1111
Tel: 0808 800 5000
Our school participates in a Police-led initiative called Operation Encompass, a scheme which ensures that we can better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.
Following a domestic incident, the Police make contact with the school via telephone and communicate relevant information to nominated, fully-trained school staff. This ensures that we are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listened to.
Each school has a member of staff called a key adult who is trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child. Our Key Staff are Mrs Nichol (Head Teacher) & Mr Cooper (Learning Mentor).
We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations to safeguard and protect children across Cheshire and provide the best possible care and support for our pupils.
You can find out more about Operation Encompass via the following site: http://www.operationencompass.org/
As part of Puss Bank School and Nursery’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties, we are fully behind the Government’s PREVENT strategy.
From July 1st 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 For Schools.
At Puss Bank, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of PREVENT awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All our teaching staff have received training on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
‘Puss Bank School & Nursery are committed to ensuring their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children at the school. The staff of the school have all read the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021' and are aware of their own roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding. A copy of this document is shown below for your information.’