Safeguarding, Welfare, Support & Advice

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to the process of protecting children from maltreatment, preventing the impairment of health or development, ensuring the that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Our pledge

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our pocedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

If you have a concern for a child's safety

Should parents or members of the public have any safeguarding or welfare concerns about a student of Lymm High School they should contact the main reception as quickly as possible and ask to speak to a member with responsibility for child protection on 01925 755458.

Be vigilant and report all concerns regarding children or staff members, no matter how small; often this can help form part of the bigger picture of an incident or situation.

Important Information regarding the ‘Blue Whale’ game for Parents and Carers.

As you may have read in recent national media coverage, a dangerous new game being played on social media. The ‘Blue Whale’ game originated in Russia and has spread across Europe. The game is played online via social media. Players are appointed a “master/teacher” and these “masters/teachers” issue progressively more dangerous challenges to players in stages. As the game goes on the players are directed to self-harm and the final challenge is to commit suicide. All these actions have to be filmed and shared via social media to the so called “master/teacher”. The game is being targeted at children of all ages, some as young as primary age, but predominantly at teenagers.

Warning signs to look out for may include:

  • Self-Harm, in particular any designs resembling a Blue Whale scratched onto the skin
  • The young person taking photos of their self-harm marks and objects used, and pictures taken of themselves at height
  • The young person setting alarms for the very early hours of the morning to watch scary/psychedelic movies
  • The young person leaving the house in the early hours of the morning
  • The young person frequenting high buildings, bridges or railway lines

The safety of your child is imperative to us as a school, and we hope that you will find this information helpful in raising awareness. Please talk to your child about e-safety and encourage an open dialog.  If you have any concerns regarding this ‘game’ or with any aspect of keeping children safe, then please contact school as a priority for further advice and support.

Further useful information, guidance and advice links.

Advice for those concerned about the ‘Blue Whale’ story

What parents need to know about the Blue Whale suicide game

Digital Parenting

Blue Whale: what parents should know

The safeguarding team

Mrs R Ball

Designated Senior Leader Safguarding

Mrs H Ryles-Dean

Deputy Designated Senior Leader Safguarding

Miss A Clark

Deputy Designated Senior Leader Safguarding

Mrs H Jennings

Head of Sixth Form

Mr T Scott

Acting Head of Sixth Form

Mrs K Johnson

Deputy Head of Sixth Form

Mrs J Littler

Sixth Form Student Services

Mrs J Wagstaff

Head of Year

Mrs L Green

Safeguarding Link Governor

Student Health & Well-being

Information and Advice for Parents

Useful Organisations