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The Barlow RC High School




Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Nadeen Staniforth 
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENDCo  - Mrs Rebecca Seddon 
Safeguarding Coordinator – Ms Kathryn Wright 
Safeguarding Coordinator – Mrs Victoria Carroll 

Pastoral Staff

Heads of Year


 Year 7 – Ms S Scott 
 Year 8 – Miss D Greaves 
 Year 9 – Miss L Seggie
 Year 10 – Mr R Anderson-Fitter

 Year 11 – Mrs C Sutton







Key Stage Leads

Key Stage 3 Lead - Mrs C Iddon 


Key Stage 4 Lead - Mrs J Bowyer

Pastoral Support Team

Ms J Bywater
Miss K Livings

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s mental health and/or development, ensuring the safe and effective care of children, and taking supportive action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

At The Barlow RC High School , we have a strong culture of safeguarding with effective child protection procedures in place.  We believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.  Our approach is child-centred and we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. 

We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our pupils.  We believe that children have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment.  If you have a concern regarding the welfare of a child who attends The Barlow RC High School, please ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team on 0161 445 8053. Alternatively, email us via; Safeguarding@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy on our Policies & Procedures page.

Information about reporting online abuse or a hate crime can be found by clicking the links. 

School Nurse

The Barlow has a school nurse who attends the school one day a week, if you have any health concerns you can contact your child’s Head of Year to discuss discuss a referral to the school nurse.

School Engagement Officer

Schools in Greater Manchester now have a School Engagement Officer from GMP assigned to the school to help support both pupils and staff to ensure our school is a safe place for all stakeholders.

Supporting information for parents and carers

Agencies that could help support you and your child:

  • Police – 999 direct 
  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • NSPCC 24 Hour free phone service – 0800 800 500
  • Samaritans – 08457909090
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline  – 0161 636 7525
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 801 0327

At The Barlow, we have a zero tolerance policy towards aggressive, violent or anti-social behaviour and this includes the possession of knives / offensive weapons.

What counts as knife crime?

‘Knife crime’ is simply any crime that involves a knife. This includes:

  • carrying a knife or trying to buy one if you’re under 18
  • threatening someone with a knife
  • carrying a knife that is banned
  • a murder where the victim was stabbed with a knife
  • a robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a knife as a weapon

The Reality of Knife Crime

  • 99% of 10-29 year olds do not carry a knife
  • People who carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised with a violence-related injury, and in many cases their own weapon has been used against them
  • A person can receive a prison sentence of up to 4 years for carrying a knife, even if it is never actually used
  • Friends who pressure a person to carry a knife are not good friends and are unlikely to be around to help or support if that person were to get caught

Sources of Support:

Enhancing Safety in our School

  • We undertake important work with pupils via our PSHCE and Personal Development curriculum about radical views etc.  We teach all pupils how to keep themselves safe both in the real and online world and encourage them to talk to someone if they have any concerns – either a peer or a trusted adult.
  • Children who may not want to talk directly to someone are encouraged to use the school’s on line SHARP system, which is monitored daily.
  • All teachers and support staff are fully trained annually in relation to safeguarding pupils in school.
  • The Safeguarding Team liaise with the Police on a regular basis and any concerns about a child exhibiting radical or extremist views is reported immediately to the PREVENT Team, who will follow this through immediately.
  • The school has comprehensive CCTV coverage to support the safety and wellbeing of the school community.
  • Bag checks are completed on entry to the school site by the Pastoral Team to ensure that no pupil brings any prohibited items onto our school site.
  • Staff supervise the calm orderly and safe exit of pupils at the end of the school day.