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Safeguarding is at the forefront of all that we do at PCHS&C

All aspects of wellbeing, including emotional health of our pupils is monitored by all staff. Everyone has their part to play at PCHS & C in promoting well-being and positive mental health within our community. There are particular staff who are well placed to provide support and guidance within their specific role and responsibilities.

Safeguarding Lead

Alison McConville
Family Liaison Officer

Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

Claire Endersby
Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

Joanne Chatburn
Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead

Debra Grogan

  • Designated Teacher for Children who are Looked After (and previously looked after) : Stephanie Curtis
  • Designated Senior Mental Health Lead: Alison McConville
  • Online safety Lead : Alison McConville
  • SENDCO: Stephanie Curtis

For our pupils, well-being, positive mental health and promoting the welfare of all our young people falls within our wider safeguarding culture and any issues of well-being or mental health should be initially discussed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Alison McConville, Family Liaison Officer(FLO) or deputy DSL Claire Endersby, Assistant Headteacher. Both staff are Mental Health First Aiders. Alison McConville is the Designated Senior Mental Health Lead.

A number of staff have trained as Mental Health Champions.


PCHSC Early Help Offer

PCHSC are committed to providing support to families as soon as the need emerges, at any point in a child’s life. Any pupil or family may benefit from early help and all staff are alert to the potential need.

Staff at PCHSC recognise that any professional can provide early help.

At PCHSC our Family Liaison Officer, Alison McConville and our Special Needs School Nurses form part of the Early Help offer at our school / college. Alison McConville Family Liaison Officer is an experienced family support practitioner offering a wide range of support including direct work with families and pupils. She offers activities such as drawing and talking, and sand play for pupils.

She is a trained THRIVE practitioner with a focus on family focused interventions. Alison facilitates access to training such as mental health and well-being through Lancashire Adult Learning, support packages from Action for ASD, signposting to agencies, attending meetings and generally supporting engagement from parents to work in partnership with school.

The school nurse is available to support parents and young people at Children in Need / ‘best interest’ meetings.  The nurses promote regular health messages and where necessary support families in making and accessing appointments with medical professionals.  In addition, advice is available on a range of health needs such as continence,dental health, sexual health, smoking cessation and healthy eating. 

The DSL and Deputy DSL take the lead where early help is appropriate and consent has been gained. This includes liaising with other agencies and setting up an inter-agency assessment as appropriate. The local early help process will be followed as required to help provide the right, effective support at the right time.

The DSL / Deputy DSL undertake a Family Early Help Assessment, when appropriate, to identify what Early Help is required

DSL / Deputy DSL will signpost and refer to appropriate support agencies

DSL/ Deputy DSL will lead on TAF meetings where is it appropriate for them to do so

DSL / Deputy DSL will follow the local safeguarding processes and refer to Children’s Social Care  where Early Help has not been successful in reducing risk and meeting unmet needs using the Levels of Need contained within Working Well with Children and Families in Lancashire guidance https://www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk/media/19299/wwwcf-part-1-and-2-final.pdf


Pendle Community High School & College
Pendle Vale Campus, Oxford Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8LF
Tel: 01282 682260

Headteacher: Debra Grogan
Chair of Governors: Trevor Ashton (Address c/o above)

Receptionist: Samantha Gray (M,T,W)
Alison Boothman (T,F)
E-mail: reception@pchs.lancs.sch.uk


Paper copies of the information on our website can be requested via email

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