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Safeguarding Awareness

Cringle Brook Primary School is fully committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of all children who attend this school.  The school will work closely with Kingsway Trust Schools, other schools, Manchester City Council and the Department for Education to protect and promote children’s health and safety.

Ofsted has defined the term ‘safeguarding pupils’ as:

‘The process of protecting pupils from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development , and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables pupils to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’

  • The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

  • The school recognises that as school staff are in regular and frequent contact with pupils, they are particularly well-placed to observe signs of abuse or neglect.

  • The school is aware of the responsibilities which all staff have with regard to the protection of pupils from abuse and from inappropriate and inadequate care.  Therefore, the school is committed in reacting in accordance with The Kingsway Community Trust’s and Manchester City Council’s agreed procedures in all cases where there is concern

Cringle Brook Designated Safeguarding Staff





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Helen Chase

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Stevan Mackinnon

Deputy  Safeguarding Lead

Shamiha Patel

Safeguarding Trustee

This information is to provide parents and carers with the knowledge of what to do if they or school have concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by:-


  • Inflicting harm, or

  • Failing to act to prevent harm

Children may be abused in a family or in an institution or community setting, by those known to them, or, more rarely, by a stranger

What is abuse and neglect?

Physical Abuse may involve the following

  • Hitting

  • Shaking

  • Throwing

  • Poisoning

  • Burning

  • Scalding

  • Drowning

  • Suffocating

Sexual Abuse is a child being made to watch or being subjected to acts of a sexual nature.

Emotional Abuse is defined as ‘Persistent emotional maltreatment of a child, such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development’. This may involve ‘Conveying to children that they are worthless, unloved, inadequate, or valued only in so far as they meet the needs of another person’.

  • Age or developmentally inappropriate  expectations

  • Over protection, limitation of exploration and learning, preventing in the child participating in normal, social interaction

  • The exploitation or corruption of children

  • Seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. School has a responsibility to report safeguarding concerns. This may be a child witnessing inappropriate actions or materials. If there are concerns raised about your child, where possible we will always endeavor to speak to the parents or carers first. However, in serious cases, the matter would be escalated to the appropriate agency without informing parents.

Prevent Duty

Cringle Brook is committed to promoting British Values.   Our curriculum / ethos supports the Government’s anti-radicalisation policy (PREVENT). Concerns around radicalisation will be treated as a safeguarding matter.

If a child tells schools, school would:

  • Listen carefully and take it seriously

  • Explain what will happen next

School would not:

  • Ask leading questions

  • Make promises they cannot keep

  • Jump to conclusions

  • Speculate or accuse anyone

It is not our responsibility to decide if the allegation is true or not.

Please report any concerns/issues you have about a child/ren to the designated persons for Child Protection at Cringle Brook Primary school on 0161 248 1730

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