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

The academy’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is reviewed annually by the Full Board of Governors and Ormiston. The school has a statutory responsibility to discuss with Children’s Social Care (Icart) any concerns that we might have about a child that may indicate physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. The process for this is outlined in Apendix 1 of the policy. We ensure that Safer Recruitment practices are always followed and this is also detailed in our policy.

Useful links:

OAT Safeguarding Audit Report

Halton Children and Young People Safeguarding Partnership

Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education at your child’s secondary school: a guide for parents:

RSE secondary schools guide for parents

Women and Childrens Services

Government Guidance Relating to Child Protection

Working together to safeguard children

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs K Hatch, Senior Assistant Principal
[email protected]

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Miss J Ainsworth, Inclusion Tutor
[email protected]

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Ms F McDowell, DSL / Assistant HOY
[email protected]


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Mrs J Lowry-Johnson, Principal
[email protected]

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Mr R Laughton, SENDCO
[email protected]

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Mrs J Thompson, Attendance Officer
[email protected]

Staying 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


You may have also heard of ‘sexting’. Our safeguarding policy details the school’s actions with regard to this. Here is a summary of the steps taken. Young Person Produced Sexual Images

Other useful websites for online safety:

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 Mrs L Handley 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.

Emotional Health and well being

All staff at OCA have undergone Mental Health Training. We have trained Mental Health First Aiders and a school counsellor. In addition we work closely with organisations such as CAMHS and Kooth (this allows young people to access an online counsellor).

Other useful websites that address mental health and well being include: (this link also tells you about their drop in sessions)

Young Minds
Family Lives

Young Carers

Many children have to care for siblings. Support is on hand for them through Halton Young Carers who offer a range of activities and support. If you require further information contact Miss Ainsworth in school.

Preventing radicalisation

The Government’s 2010 Prevent Strategy highlights the need to safeguard children, young people and families from violent extremism. There have been several occasions locally, nationally and internationally when extremist groups have attempted to radicalise young people. Ormiston Chadwick Academy values freedom of speech and expression of beliefs. We also recognise that this is not an unqualified privilege and British Values underpin this. We ensure that staff and pupils promote these values and that our curriculum protects young people against the messages of extremism.

We work with relevant agencies as part of our commitment to appropriately support and risk assess young people. Staff are trained in this and the DSLs will make referrals to the Channel Programme when appropriate. For more information see: 


Safeguarding Briefing Notes


Emotional Abuse



Physical Abuse

Sexual harassment

Sexual Violence Abuse