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Orchard Park High School

Safeguarding at Orchard park

At Orchard Park High School we take safeguarding seriously. We are fully committed to ensure all our students are safe and feel supported by educating and listening to them. We have an amazing support system of the safeguarding and pastoral team, who are happy to listen and advise students. We also aim to engage with families and other agencies early on to keep students safe and happy. Parents and students are welcome to contact the Safeguarding Team by email: should you have any concerns about the welfare and wellbeing of young people.

Keeping young people safe is our priority

To ensure that all students are safe, we work in conjunction with partnership agencies, staff, parents, visitors and members of the community to support our safeguarding procedures. We take our responsibilities for safeguarding children in our care seriously. Many students have expressed their appreciation of the amount of support that the school has given them.

Orchard Park High School recognises the difficulties facing young people and families in today’s society and is committed to offering equal opportunities and support to all of our students.

The school has an extensive PSHE curriculum which is created to support students across all the year groups to enhance their understanding around vulnerabilities and how to protect themselves. In addition, we offer specific workshops for students who need focused and targeted support to help them.

Support and mentoring schemes are made available to students to equip them with the required tools to help them make the right decisions and develop independence whilst keeping themselves safe by knowing how to access help when they need it.

Keeping Children Safe In Education

The following information is statutory guidance from the Department of Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002. Schools must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

For further information regarding Keeping Children Safe in Education and to view the most recent publication; 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', please visit the GOV.UK website by clicking here.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding the young people in our care. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating.

Specific safeguarding issues

Expert and professional organisations are best placed to provide up-to-date guidance and practical support on specific safeguarding issues. Please visit Also available is the government guidance on the issues listed below via

  1. child missing from education

  2. child missing from home or care

  3. child sexual exploitation(CSE)

  4. bullying including cyber bullying

  5. domestic violence

  6. drugs

  7. fabricated or induced illness

  8. faith abuse

  9. female genital mutilation(FGM)

  10. forced marriage

  11. gangs and youth violence

  12. gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)

  13. mental health

  14. private fostering

  15. preventing radicalisation

  16. sexting

  17. teenage relationship abuse

  18. trafficking