Mr Chris Walton
Assistant Head Teacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dame Elizabeth Cadbury
Areas of Support
Mr Chris Walton | Safeguarding
My early career involved elite sports coaching which gave me a platform to instruct and coach young people. I moved from this role into working for 3 years in Special Education. I was employed as an Assistant Head of Care within a residential special school in Staffordshire. From this role I moved to work within the Pastoral team here at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School. I am currently in my 14th year here and have gained valuable experience and knowledge working through middle leadership into senior leadership.For over 3 years now I have sat on the school’s Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. My leadership experience has been within behaviour management and systems, attendance and early help initiatives, multi-agency working and systematic Safeguarding leadership. My leadership journey at whole school, specialism and now partnership level has helped me to me understand that a collaborative approach is essential to improving and raising standards. I am extremely passionate about the consultancy and outreach work I have done in local schools and feel I have more to offer the wider whole school agenda.
• After leading reviews and action plans on a range of Safeguarding areas including: School site improvements, anti-bullying practice, pupil’s safeguarding and PSHE curriculum and staff safeguarding CPD, LGBT+ work and behaviour/gang affiliation work, pupils have stated they feel more safe in school.• After an audit of practice, I led a piece of work to re structure the school’s attendance team and re wrote the attendance policy and protocols which resulted in sustainable improvement. • Having co led on whole school behaviour and de-escalation intervention, re written behaviour protocols and created a new and bespoke step consequence ladder we have reduced our exclusion data. • Student Social Workers In School (SSWIS) – I have initiated a project at Dame Elizabeth to offer placements for Student social workers. 3 social workers have qualified (1 per academic year under my on-site supervision and a succession plan is in place to employ 1 in May 2018). 11 successful placements in total since working in collaboration with the SWISS project and local universities 2011. IMPACT - Raised attendance, greater early help offer, increased success rate of EHA/TF/CASS (children’s services) referrals. • After creating a proactive safeguarding CPD calendar, running topic days and assemblies I have doubled the safeguarding concerns raised by staff into me as DSL due to greater awareness and confidence in signs of safeguarding concerns. This has led to earlier intervention and better understanding of safeguarding trends within the school. • As a home office WRAP accredited trainer, after delivering our annual PREVENT awareness and WRAP training, I saw an increased staff understanding regarding their PREVENT awareness and responsibilities in 2017.