At the heart of everything that we do is the desire to ensure that the children and young people in our school can thrive whilst feeling safe and secure. Everyone who comes into contact with our pupils and students has a role to play in this.

The Loyne Specialist School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. We provide a secure environment for our pupils, where they can feel safe and are kept safe.

The Loyne Specialist School fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect the children and support the pupils in its care. There are three main elements to The Loyne Specialist School’s safeguarding and child protection policy:

    • prevention (positive school atmosphere, careful and vigilant teaching, pastoral care, support to pupils, providing good adult role models)
    • protection (following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns)
    • support (to pupils and school staff and to children who may have been subject to safeguarding issues)

Our School commitment is:

  • To establish and maintain an ethos where children and young people feel secure, are encouraged to communicate and are listened to
  • To include in the curriculum and ‘core’ activities opportunities for children to understand all risks involved in child protection and the ability to communicate with trusted adults
  • To ensure that children and parents can manage the risks posed by new technologies
  • To ensure that recruitment procedures deter, reject and identify people who might abuse children
  • To ensure that all school based staff receive an appropriate level of safeguarding training
  • To keep parents informed of changes to our policy. We will do this by publishing the updated policy on the school website and in newsletters

As part of our commitment to multi-agency working and to ensure that we are able to dynamically safeguard our pupils, we are part of the pan-Lancashire initiative, Operation Encompass. This partnership scheme has been set up to provide early reporting to schools about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours, which may have an impact on the schooling of a pupil the following day. Information will only be shared with the school by police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved the incident.

Download Letter to Parents and Carers regarding Operation Encompass

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Kathryn Veevers (Deputy Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Deputy DSLs)

Susan Campbell (Headteacher), Julie McGrath (Deputy Headteacher), Emma Flynn (Assistant Headteacher) and Sarah Wisniewski (Assistant Headteacher), Fiona Gemson (Pastoral Lead).

Prevent Lead

Kathryn Veevers (Deputy Headteacher)

Chair of governors

Ann-Marie Houghton

Named governor with responsibility for safeguarding

Anne-Marie Houghton


For a fuller understanding of our ethos and approach to safeguarding at the Loyne, please find our policy below:

Download The Loyne Specialist School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy