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Child Protection, Safeguarding & Early Help

Every child counts at Cedar Mount

Cedar Mount Academy recognises the moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of students.

We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

We are always alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

What is Early Help? Early Help is about by working together and with other agencies to support you and your family to get things going well again so that we can achieve positive outcomes. The information in the Early Help Booklet will explain the process to you.

Miss Heagney our Family Liaison Officer, is available for informal chats, appointments and home visits if required. If parents/carers have any questions or concerns please contact 0161 359 3158 or email


All academy staff are trained in safeguarding and students are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look for signs of physical and emotional harm or neglect and be aware of extremist views and will report them to a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team. On rare occasions our concerns about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers are:

Mr HodgsonPrincipal
Mr GibsonDesignated Safeguarding Lead
Mr RandlesSenior Pastoral Lead
Ms MillwardDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

To report a concern to the Safeguarding Team parents/carers or a member of the public should contact Ms Millward, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, or Mr Gibson by email, alternatively, please call The Academy on 0161 359 3156 – or

Safeguarding Governor

Helen Cleary was appointed as a member of the Board of Governors in January 2019. As the safeguarding governor, she attends meetings to ensure the school is compliant with The Academy’s safeguarding policies, procedures, and training. Helen can be contacted by email –


Helping your child to stay safe on line is a challenge for all parents and carers and it helps to keep up to date with the latest advice and guidance. The leaflet ‘Supporting Young People Online’, is a good place to find more information. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you believe your son/daughter is at risk due to their online presence. We can provide valuable, practical help and work together to protect your son/daughter from online predators and dangers.

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Useful Phone Numbers and Websites for Students & Parents

There are a number of websites that offer support and information to families, below are a selection of organisations that Parents & Students will find useful.

Young MindsText YM to 85258Students Parents
42nd Street0161-228-7321
National Domestic Violence0808-2000-247National Domestic Abuse
Eclypse Drug & Alcohol0161-839-2054Eclypse Manchester
Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Centre0161-276-6515
Report/Remove Under 18s should follow the link to find out how to remove nude images or videos of themselves that have been shared online
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Cedar Mount Academy
Gorton Education Village
50 Wembley Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7DT