Safeguarding & Prevent

At our school safeguarding children is given the highest priority.

All our staff receive regular updates on child protection and safeguarding alongside annual training in a variety of areas.  

All staff are aware of the schools safeguarding and child protection procedures and reporting expectations. 

School has a well-established pastoral concern system this allows the recording of pastoral and safeguarding concerns via our MIS System Databridge.

The pastoral team work with a wide range of external agencies to provide support for learners and their families.

If you have any concerns about any child at our school, please contact the designated safeguarding lead or you can make a referral yourself using any of the methods listed below:

For more information related to our safeguarding approaches at Expanse Learning please refer to the Policies section of the website.


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Lisa Heyes

Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO)

Richard King

Ed Hanley

Adam Sherlock

Lhiana Brown

Michael Wildman

Governors Responsible for Safeguarding

Christine Galligan

Martin Budden - Chair of the Governing body

Useful Safeguarding Links


Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and violent extremism.

The Prevent duty is about ensuring that appropriate support is available for individuals who may demonstrate vulnerabilities to radicalisation.

Prevent at Expanse Learning Wigan School is an extension of our safeguarding processes in the same way that we help safeguard young people from neglect, child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, substance misuse and other forms of harm.

The Prevent duty supports schools to have due to regard to the need to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism.

All of our staff undertake Prevent awareness training to equip them to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. Our staff team have a general understanding of the risks affecting children and young people in the area and a specific understanding of how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them.

We have clear procedures in place for protecting children at risk of radicalisation, these procedures are set out in our safeguarding policy.

Operation Encompass

Expanse Learning Wigan School are part of the ‘Operation Encompass’ initiative.

The project, Wigan Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school, but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.

The Operation Encompass Teachers’ Helpline is available for all education staff to speak in confidence with educational or clinical psychologists about how best to support children in their setting who may be experiencing domestic abuse.  The Helpline is available on 0204 513 9990 and is open fro 8am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, term-time.  Calls are charged at a local rate.  Please note that calling the helpline should not replace statutory safeguarding processes.

A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Expanse Learning Wigan School our Key adults are:

Key Adult

Lisa Heyes

Key Adult (Deputy)

Ed Hanley

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