Safeguarding at Falinge Park

Falinge Park High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Safeguarding is our key non-negotiable for all staff.

We will be developing this page in the next few months to improve the information we share with parents and carers.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding Team:
Ms J Turrell – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr S Ward – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Children’s Welfare Officer:
Mrs K Broadhurst

Safeguarding Officer:
Miss C Heywood

Pastoral Team:
Ms L Pottinger – Assistant Head Teacher for Personal Development and Welfare
Mr A Abdullah – Director of KS3
Miss E Clark – Director of KS4
Miss J Sanderson – Head of Year 7
Mrs A Cummins – Head of Year 8
Miss N Hallas – Head of Year 9
Miss K Stanway – Head of Year 10
Mrs H Herdman – Head of Year 11
Mr R Rhodes – Lead Learning Mentor

Learning Mentors:
Mrs S Cant, Ms J Miller, Mrs C Barrett, Mrs A Slessor, Mrs J Wellens, Mrs S Cove

Attendance Lead:
Mrs K Barnes

Useful Contacts and Resources

For general enquires:

Out of hours or during school holidays the following contacts should be used:

Rochdale Safeguarding Children Unit
Open weekdays 0900 –16.30
Tel: 0300 303 0350

Multi Agency Screening Service (The MASS)
Open weekdays 08.45 –16.45
Rochdale Police Station
Tel: 0033 303 0440 Fax: 0844 963 2483

Out of hours, Emergency Duty Social Work Team
Open 16.45 –08.00 weekdays, 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.
Tel: 0033 303 8875

Police, Public Protection and Investigation (PPIU)
This is a central switchboard for Greater Manchester Police.
Tel: 0161 856 8067.
State you have a child protection concern about a child and where the child lives.
The Police Public Protection and Investigation Unit (PPIU) can also be contacted 08.30 –17.00 on 0161 856 8067/4559/4558

Education Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 01706 925384

Education Welfare Officer
Tel: 01706 925115

Local Authority Designated Officer (Allegations of Professional Abuse)
Tel: 01706 927617

If there is an immediate risk to a child dial 999

The Sunrise Team 
Parents Against Child Exploitation 

Safe, Secure, Online


Drug and Alcohol Abuse 
Teenage Addiction Help
Early Break 
Alcohol Education Trust 

Safer Internet 
UK Council for Online Safety 

Information Sheet

Mental Health Awareness 
Mental Health Foundation  
Young Minds 

Safeguarding Information

Mental Health Awareness


What is #Thrive?

#Thrive is for children and young people aged up to 19 years.
You must live, or be registered with a GP practice (doctor), in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.
They can also provide advice and support to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person.

Types of support

They have lots of different types of support to help you. Thrive can also offer advice to improve your general lifestyle, including exercise, diet and many other things.
They can provide this support in lots of different ways. They will always talk to you about what support will best meet your needs.

#Thrive can offer more traditional types of support, such as one-to-one or group counselling sessions, or online courses. They can also signpost and help you access other types of support, such as sport, drama, music or art.  

If Thrive aren’t able to offer the right support, they can decide together what other options are available.

It is important to have a good support network around you, so they will always try to involve those who love and care for you (or who work with you) in any support we provide. This does not necessarily need to be your parents or siblings – it can be anyone who you trust, who provides support and care to you.

Opening times and how to find us

Their central hub is called Around the Corner.  It is based at 48-50 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1NT.  It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

They hold lots of drop-in sessions here, where you can talk to them about how you are feeling and find out what support they can offer you. 

Their drop-in sessions are:

Aged 8 to 19 years (if you are under 13 years, please bring a parent or carer with you):

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 4pm and 8pm (last session at 7.30pm)

Sessions are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you need support outside of these times, you can contact us at the number below (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

We have an onsite cafe at Around the Corner, serving hot and cold drinks.

Who runs the service?

The service is run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation TrustYouth in Mind and  Link4Life.

To make sure the service meets your needs, they are working with young people, parents, carers and professionals.  The service is funded by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Rochdale Borough Council.

More information

To keep up to date follow our Facebook page To visit their website follow the link – click here.

There are several websites for pupils and parents which offer very good help and advice when surfing the internet. We have listed a few of the ones we think are the most useful below.

We also have a useful Snapchat guide for parents and guardians – Click Here to take a look.

There is also a guide to a new app called TikTok – a lip syncing app. The guide can be found here.



internet matters can help you to find out more about what your children might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible.

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

E-Safety Support offers online training or teachers, staff, governors, parents & pupils.

UK Safer Internet Centre can help you find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

ThinkUKnow offers help and advice for staying safe online to both parents and children.

You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. They are there to support you and help you find ways to cope.

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.

If you’re worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know.

Child Safety on Fortnite: Parent Factsheet

360 Degree Accreditation and e-safety

On Monday 16th March 2015 the school was assessed for an e-safety award called 360 degrees. As the name suggests, it requires us to evaluate our e-safety practice in the round. This was very time consuming as we had to be able to evidence everything we said we did and then rate how well we do it and what more needs to be done. After questioning members of staff, students and governors, the outcome is that we have been awarded 360 Degree certification!

We had many strengths in all the important areas, some of which are set out below. 

  • Pupil involvement – they feel very involved, they have chances to help each other, they feel listened to, they know we take these issues seriously and they feel safe as a result.
  • They thought our students were wonderful and commented on what a great ethos we have in the school.
  • Curriculum coverage is good – we are delivering E-Safety in lots of different ways.
  • There is leadership at all levels.
  • They felt that e-safety permeates the school.
  • They were very complimentary about the way we deal with incidents because we take them seriously but we are proportionate in the way we decide what needs dealing with.
  • They also thought we often went beyond the norm in the way we deal with issues arising from outside school.

The full report can be downloaded here. 

We are the first school in Rochdale to achieve this accreditation!

FPHS and e-safety

As part of the school’s e-safety policy, we’d like to tell you what we do to protect your child when they go online in school and to reassure you that we take e-safety seriously at Falinge Park High School.

As well as having software in place, all students are given e-safety advice and training in school.

We have also set up a quick and easy way for students to report abuse in school.

All computers will have this icon in the Start Menu, and if they suspect there’s a problem they can click the icon and safely and securely report it to a member of staff.

If you have any worries regarding e-safety issues then please feel free to contact the school.

Recent Safeguarding Updates

For information regarding Online Safety and Radicalisation click here.
For guidance on Staying Safe Online click here.

There have been national concerns about Children and Young People being used as money mules as part of Organised Crime Groups.  Please click on the link to read a letter to parents from Greater Manchester Police. Click here

What parents need to know about sadfishing… click here for a useful guide.