What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Hannah Binns (Headteacher)
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Is Mrs Julie Ward (Deputy Headteacher)

All members of the school team attend regular training and receive updates and information on safeguarding and child protection.

Operation Encompass

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people of have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident.

Operation Encompass has been created to address such situations that a create a safeguarding risk to young people.  It is the implementation of key partnerships working between the police and schools/ colleges. The aim of sharing information with local schools/ colleges is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.

Following the report of a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident, by 9.00am on the next school/ college day the school’s Key Adult will be informed of the child or young person’s involvement. This knowledge, given to educational establishments through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependant upon the needs and wishes of the child/ young person.

The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors, is detailed as part of the school’s Safeguarding Policy.

Our Key Adults are Miss Binns (Headteacher – DSL), Mrs Ward (Deputy Headteacher – Deputy DSL) and Mrs Scantlebury (Family Learning Mentor – Back-up DSL).