DSL - Joe Varey

Deputy DSL - Kelly Maclean

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding Our Students

If you have a serious concern about your child or any other student at Tottington High School please contact the Safeguarding Team IMMEDIATELY by either telephoning school on 01204 882327 or sending an email via safe@ths.set.org

Alternatively, you could contact the NSPCC

At Tottington High School we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and protect all members of our school community, and strive to ensure that effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support our children, families, and staff and that they are used consistently. The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and relevant agencies to ensure the best possible outcome for the child and family. Any action taken by the safeguarding team is done with reference to statutory guidance and will always be in the best interests of the child.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students is everyone’s responsibility. Every member of staff is expected to contribute to providing an environment in which all students are safe, secure, free from harm and respected.

At Tottington we safeguard our students by:

  • making sure all staff are provided with appropriate continued professional development, are able to recognise signs of physical/emotional harm and neglect, and know how to respond to concerns;
  • creating a safe environment through robust and effective safeguarding practices;
  • teaching them how to stay safe in school, out of school, and on-line;
  • maintaining an environment where they feel confident to approach members of staff if they have a concern;
  • ensuring we adhere to safer recruitment procedures as set out in KCSIE 2021.

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2023

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) training is completed with all staff annually as part of the new academic year INSET day programme. School staff receive a comprehensive overview of the document, delivered by Miss K Maclean (DSL) and Mrs K Gardner (Headteacher), in addition to digital copies of KCSIE 2023 for the compulsory reading of Part 1 and Appendix A. Additional Child Protection and Safeguarding training is conducted at regular intervals throughout the school year to establish the strong culture of safeguarding that we have at Tottington High School.



Operation Encompass is an initiative that follows in the footsteps of a successful programme in Plymouth to safeguard and support children and young people following a domestic abuse incident. It directly connects the Police (GMP) with Key Adult’s (Miss Maclean and Mrs Gardner) in the child’s school to ensure an efficient, confidential channel of communication. The school will then be better able to support the child.

The psychological impact of living with domestic abuse is no smaller than the impact of being physically abused. Children often develop anxiety, depression, aggression and even post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of living with domestic abuse. Approximately two thirds of child witnesses show more emotional or behavioural problems than the average child. Although by no means inevitable, exposure to domestic abuse is one of the most powerful predictors of becoming a perpetrator and a victim as an adult.

Being aware of the trauma a child has experienced enables professionals to better understand and support the child. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

How does it work?

Following a domestic abuse incident, children will often arrive in school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure school staff (Miss Maclean and the pupils Head of Year) are made aware early enough to take appropriate action and so help and support children in a way that means they feel safe.

For further information please use this link

If you are worried about domestic abuse there are a number of organisations out there who want to help.

Concerned about a Child

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

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Operation Encompass

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Radicalisation & Extremism

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) states that protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse.

All staff have completed on-line training in radicalisation and extremism.

The website “educate against hate” has been developed by the Department for Education and the Home Office as part of the drive against extremism. The anti-radicalisation website provides “practical advice to protect children from the dangers of extremism”, with information from the government and groups such as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

It includes information on:

  • warning signs of danger
  • how parents/carers should talk to children about extremism
  • steps concerned parents/carers can take

Further information and resources can be found here.
Advice for parents/carers on keeping children safe against radicalisation and extremism can be found here 

Our Safeguarding Team

Mr J Varey - joseph.varey@ths.set.org

Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss K Maclean – kelly.maclean@ths.set.org

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr R Baron – ryan.baron@ths.set.org

Pastoral Manager & DDSL

Mrs A Perrigo – amy.perrigo@ths.set.org

Pastoral Manager & DDSL

Ms C Howard – chloe.howard@ths.set.org

Pastoral Manager & DDSL


The following staff have also completed DSL training:

Mrs R Deakin - Deputy Headteacher

Mrs L McCool - Assistant Headteacher

Mr A Ishtiaq - Assistant Headteacher

Ms G Price - Youth Mentor

Ms R Molyneux - Youth Mentor

Ms J Cantisano - Youth Mentor

SECURLY – Online Safety and Monitoring

At Tottington High School we provide a safe environment to learn and work, including when online. Filtering and monitoring are both important parts of safeguarding pupils and staff from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. 

KCSiE 2023 states clear roles, responsibilities and strategies are vital for delivering and maintaining effective filtering and monitoring systems. It’s important that the right people are working together and using their professional expertise to make informed decisions.

At Tottington high School we use SECURLY to monitor our software, student safety, web filtering and network management systems. We have trained staff dedicated to the monitoring of SECURLY:

  • Miss K Maclean (lead member of staff)
  • Mr R Baron
  • Mrs A Perrigo
  • Mrs A Stretton
  • Ms C Howard
  • Mrs K Gardner

Further information about Filtering and Monitoring can be found here

Online Safety

Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.

Tottington High School is committed to ensuring that our students are safe online. Online safety is a priority for our school and forms an integral part of the school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

The online world develops and changes at great speed, with new opportunities, challenges and risks appearing all the time. This can make it difficult for schools to stay up to date with the latest developments and technologies. However, we will strive to ensure our staff have an awareness of recent developments through regular E safety updates and training.

Embedded within our online safety provision are the following key priorities for our students:

  • Enabling them to evaluate what they see online
  • Enabling them to recognise techniques used for persuasion
  • Supporting them to understand what is acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour
  • Supporting them to appreciate that they create an ‘online reputation’ and digital footprint
  • Enabling them to identify online risks
  • Enabling them to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy online relationships
  • Supporting them in knowing how and when to seek support, including reporting to CEOP

Support and Information for Pupils and Parents

If a child is in immediate danger, you should contact the Emergency Services on 999. If it is not an emergency you can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101.

If there is no immediate danger, or you need safeguarding advice or information from a Social Worker, you can telephone the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 253 5678 during normal office hours. The Emergency Duty Team work outside normal office hours and can be contacted on 0161 253 6606.

Please visit the following link for further information - Report a child at risk - Bury Council - https://www.bury.gov.uk/social-care-and-support/child-care-and-support/report-a-child-at-risk


Alternatively information can be found at - NSPCC helpline - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/nspcc-helpline/ NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000 - If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

Barnardos - https://www.barnardos.org.uk/get-support/support-for-young-people

Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/ - Tel: 0800 1111 – Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.

NHS UK - www.nhs.uk

Kooth - Your online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe and anonymous support. - https://www.kooth.com/

QWELL - Qwell Free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults across the UK

Early Break Getting Help Line - Our Getting Help Line is available for anyone living in Bury – 0161 464 3679 (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm). It is an all age helpline that offers support with emotional health and wellbeing. We offer help, advice and signposting to relevant services in the local area. If you need support, please call us because there is a caring professional waiting to give you the help you need. - https://www.qwell.io/

CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) – Tel - 0161 716 1100 / 1112 - We offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. - www.penninecare.nhs.uk/burycamhs

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) - If you have experienced online sexual abuse or you're worried this is happening to someone you know, let them know safely and securely. - https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/

Parents Protect – Help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. - https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/

Please refer to the below documents to support your child with anxiety:

Anxiety Support

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