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Our staff go above and beyond to support the young people we work with because we care about achieving the best possible outcomes for all

At Utopia the safeguarding and welfare of all young people is our number one priority. The Education Act 2002 requires all staff at Utopia to carry out the necessary functions to safeguard our young people.

Utopia’s safeguarding policy sets out the specific details on how we do this, however at the forefront of any decision we make is the welfare and safety of our learners. The key Safeguarding processes that underpin all of our work with students are detailed below:

  • The single central record and checks on adults
  • Safer recruitment and selection
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Multi – agency working
  • Monitoring children who are missing from education
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Managing allegations
  • Pupils and parent voice
  • The Curriculum
  • Safe, secure school site
  • Regular School self assessment and the inspection of Safeguarding e-Safety, Cyber Bullying, Personal Safety Awareness, CEOPS
  • Raising awareness of concerns, such as CSE, County Lines issues etc. with all staff and students

All staff are trained in dealing with incidents of a safeguarding nature and any concerns about a young person should be directed to Danny Cooke our Designated Safeguarding Lead

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We want all parents and students to feel:

  • Comfortable that they know who to speak to if they have a safeguarding concern
  • Assured that safeguarding concerns will be taken seriously
  • Able to access key policies and information when needed
  • Supported in the process of managing incidents if they arise
  • Empowered to learn ways to prevent issues before they happen
  • Part of a community that encourages a transparent and collaborative environment
  • Confident in knowing what other services are available locally to support them
Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Child‐on‐Child abuse is often sexualised in nature and occurs between children of roughly the same age.

It can happen online and offline. It is driven by harmful attitudes about sex, relationships, and gender, often held by adults as well as children.

All of us have a role to play in tackling this. For more information on talking to your children about these issues click here

Operation Encompass

In conjunction with Merseyside police, Utopia is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support students who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children can arrive at school distressed, upset, worried or unprepared.

Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support students in a way that means they feel safe and included. At Utopia our Key Adult is Danny Cooke (Operations Manager)

This valuable initiative means that we can continue to support and help students and families within our school community when they need it most. You can find out more information by visiting or by contacting Danny for further information.

Social Services

Should you have any immediate safeguarding concerns, please contact the Integrated Front Door immediately on 0151 606 2008 or if out of office hours on 0151 677 6557

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