Little Lever School strives to ‘help every person achieve things they never thought they could’, and recognises that for students to achieve their potential, they must feel safe, comfortable and happy in an environment, to be ready to learn.

We strongly believe in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of a Child, Article 28 statement.

Article 28 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have the right to education no matter who they are: regardless of race, gender or disability; if they’re in detention, or if they’re a refugee.

What is Safeguarding?

This is safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
  • Ensuring 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.

We are all responsible for the welfare of children and keeping the environment safe.


What do do if you have a concern?

If you have a concern about your child, a relative or another pupil at Little Lever School, please contact our Safeguarding team. [ADD LINK] Our team will talk through your concern and take appropriate action as a result of it.

Safeguarding Checks

At the Little Lever School, we take safeguarding very seriously. When recruiting any member of staff, we adhere to the guidance laid down in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).

All adults who work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is to prevent any unsuitable people from working with Little Lever School pupils.

All visitors are supervised when on site. All visitors on site that do not have a DBS site will be given a specific lanyard to signify this. Our reception staff can explain this to you.


Staff Training

Our staff are vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including bullying, online safety, emotional or other abuse or extremist behaviour.

They have read and understood the first section of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and are tested on this annually. In addition, our staff receive additional safeguarding training throughout the year relevant their position.

We have clear procedures in place where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified and reported to our Safeguarding Team. This will then be acted upon in a timely manner and external agencies will be consulted where appropriate and within agreed protocols.

When a disclosure is made Staff will:

  • never offer confidentiality
  • explain to the student that any concerns regarding their welfare will be passed on so that support can be given to improve the situation
  • stay calm and listen to what the student is saying
  • allow the student to tell them as much as they feel comfortable without pressing them for more information
  • not try to investigate
  • never put words into a child’s mouth or ask leading questions for example, “did your parent hit you?”
  • Not delay in passing on what has been said at the end of the disclosure, to the designated senior lead for safeguarding. This is because the staff member could be the only person who has a piece of information that could be added to other concerns already held about the child
  • Staff distinguish between fact and opinion and avoid their own judgements when reporting a safeguarding concern


What should you do if you discover concerns in the evening or at the weekend?

If a member of staff or our community discovers something in the evening or at the weekend which leads them to believe that a student’s welfare could be in imminent danger, they must take advice from the duty social worker.

Contact details for Bolton and Bury

Bolton Integrated Front Door – Out of Office Hours
01204 337777

Bury Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – Out of Hours
0161 253 6606

If you are concerned a child is in immediate danger you should phone 999

If the information received is a concern but the child’s welfare is not under imminent threat, the concern should be emailed to or reported through CPOMS if you are a member of staff.  If there is any doubt,  you should consult the out of office hours numbers above.


Concerns about a member of staff

We have a whistleblowing policy at the school that must be adhered to. If you are a member of staff you should consult the whistleblowing policy and act in accordance to it.

If you are concerned about safeguarding practices you should inform the Little Lever Safeguarding Team, Headteacher (Mr. D. McKeon) or Chair of Governors (Mr. P. Hodgkinson). If you feel unable to talk to somebody in school, you can call the NSPCC Whistleblowing Hotline (0800 028 0285) or email


Our safeguarding, whistleblowing and associated policies can be found can found here. Link to policies page

Policies and Information Documents

Safeguarding Policy


Have a concern? Here's what to do