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Safeguarding Overview

Penkford school follows clear safeguarding policies, which ensure the safety of the pupils within our care. All staff and volunteers at the school are DBS checked and national Safer Recruitment regulations are strictly followed in appointing all staff. Health and Safety policies are in place and risk assessments are carried out rigorously, both with regard to events and activities within school and those carried out off-site. Designated staff are trained first aiders and all school minibus drivers have to undertake specialist training and undergo minibus testing.

Within the school, two senior members of staff are designated Child Protection officers and work with families, social services, and Children’s Disability Teams to ensure that our pupils are not at risk. All staff have been trained in child protection procedures and undergo regular refresher training.

What do we do?

The safeguarding team here at Penkford are here not only to help pupils but parents and others in the community. They are able to offer advice on a range of issues including;

  • Child Welfare Concerns

  • Pupils Attendance Issues

  • Domestic Violence

  • Substance Misuse

  • Parents In Crisis

If you have any concerns or need help regarding issues in the community contact our safeguarding staff. 

The Penkford Safeguarding Team 

Your first point of contact with any queries or concerns is Mr D Francis and Mr J McKune. They will be here to help and guide you with any queries you may have. They can be contacted on 01744 678 745. If for any reason they are unavailable you will be directed to one of the other members of the team.

Members of the safeguarding team are: 

  • Mr J McKune  - Leader Safeguarding and Engagement
  • Mr D Francis - Deputy Head
  • Mrs Y Hall - HLTA Pupil Parent Support
  • Mrs R Savage - Attendance and Family Support Officer

You can find other safeguarding/e-safety information in our Parents section

Penkford School. Wharf Road, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9XZ

Tel: 01744 678745 | Fax: 01744 678748 | Email:

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