Keeping your children safe at OCA

Great learning can only take place if students are safe and happy. It is our aim that through our rigorous safeguarding procedures, as well as our student pastoral care and support that OCA is an environment where great learning can flourish. We take safeguarding your child very seriously.

OAT Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

OAT Safeguarding Audit Report

Halton Safeguarding Board

Government Guidance Relating to Child Protection

Working together to safeguard children

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The designated people for Child protection are:

Humby T

Mrs J Lowry-Johnson, Principal

McDowell F

Miss F McDowell, Assistant Principal

Ainsworth J

Miss J Ainsworth, Inclusion Tutor

Miss J Handley, Assistant Principal: Inclusion


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How can I keep my child safe online?
It is the fast moving pace of technology that makes it hard for parents to ensure their children remain safe. The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to produce an excellent resource for parents that is keeping up with new sites and methods of communication.

Take a look


Operation Encompass

In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Ormiston Chadwick Academy is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called “Key Adults”) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

At OCA our Key Adults are Miss F McDowell and Miss J Ainsworth.

This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.

You can find out more by visiting or by contacting our Key Adult.

CRMZ Providers

All things Youth under one roof!

The Central RMZ (CRMZ) is home to a number of teams and agencies delivering a wide range of services for local young people. The staff teams are here to help with anything from a lending friendly listening ear or providing specialist advice and support to organising activities and advising on the rules of pool!

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Young Addaction


Emotional Health and well being

Halton Children Trust

Many children have to care for siblings. Support is on hand for them through Halton young carers.
This link takes you to their newsletter that has information on events, activities and support available. If you require further information contact Miss McDowell or Miss Ainsworth in school.

If you are struggling and feel you need someone to support you out of school then try KOOTH and online counselling and support service for young people.

Other useful websites that address mental health and well being include:

Young Minds
Hands on Scotland
Family Lives

Preventing radicalisation

Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation

The academy’s Child Protection Policy is reviewed annually by the Full Board of Governors. The school has a statutory responsibility to discuss with Education and Children’s Services (Social Services) any concerns that we might have about a child that may indicate physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. There is a Designated Member of Staff for Child Protection at Ormiston Chadwick Academy. A copy of the full Policy is available on request. The academy interview process includes a question relating to the promotion of the welfare and safeguarding of children and young people and application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All employees are checked on List 99 and are expected to complete an application for an enhanced DBS check. The application form should be completed carefully. Any discrepancies or anomalies in the information provided will be taken up at interview. Providing false information could result in: the application being rejected, summary dismissal if selected, possible referral to the Teachers Misconduct Team at the GTC and / or the Police.