Cornerstone Academy’s Commitment to Safeguarding

Here at Cornerstone Academy we recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers, has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners in this school make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

In our school we ensure that:

  • All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, are treated equally and have equal rights to protection
  • All staff act on concerns or disclosures that may suggest a child is at risk of harm
  • Pupils and staff involved in Safeguarding issues receive appropriate support
  • Staff adhere to the policies and procedures in place at the school and understand what to do in the event of any allegations against any adult working in the setting
  • All staff are aware of Early Help and ensure that relevant assessments and referrals take place
  • All staff are aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label; they recognise that, in most cases, multiple issues will overlap with one another

Cornerstone Academy is passionate about instilling high self-esteem, resilience, confidence and empathy.  We want to motivate and guide our students through their school years and offer bespoke and tailored support.  We will offer clear lines of communication with trusted adults to help all children, and especially those at risk of or suffering harm from abuse, neglect or those at risk of radicalisation or exploitation to share their concerns and feel safe and confident to do so.  Cornerstone Academy will establish and maintain an ethos where children feel safe, secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.

If you have safeguarding concerns or would like any further information, please contact:

Mr Damien Sweeney
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
07849 083839 / 01270 304094

Ms Katrina Macey
Assistant Headteacher & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
07512 319760 / 01270 304094

Ms Sophie Neilson
Assistant Headteacher & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
07842 422595 / 01270 304094

Mrs Anne Williams
Office Manager & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
07761 510974 / 01270304094

To contact The Chair of the YES Trust:
Mr Rob Halsall
Chair of Governors (Local Support Board)
01260 490042

Do you have a concern about a child?

If the designated members of staff are unavailable you must refer your concerns, as soon as possible, to a member of the Leadership Team (advice on who to speak to may be obtained from the school office).

If you are unable to contact our designated staff or another member of the Leadership Team, please contact Cheshire East Consultation Service (ChECS) if you have immediate concerns about a child:

0300 123 5012 option 3

If you need to contact someone out of hours and you believe it to be an emergency that can’t wait, please call ChECS Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 5022