“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way its treats it’s children” Nelson Mandela
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. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and every child has the right to be safe.
All staff maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
We have comprehensively mapped safeguarding across the curriculum you can view this here
Our school is part of Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse. This is in place in every police force in England and Wales.
Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.
Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
As a staff we have discussed how we can support our children who are experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse on a day-to-day basis and particularly following the Operation Encompass notification.
The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.
Our aim is to ensure that children who have experienced a domestic incident are well supported in school, and that we also support the family where appropriate.
As part of our school curriculum we teach children how to stay safe online. This teaching comes in many forms, from PSHE days focussed on e-safety, to assemblies, class discussions and e-safety teaching at the beginning of all ICT lessons.
For more information on E-safety and Safeguarding and how to keep your children safe online when they are at home please follow the link to the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website. CEOP provides lots of information to support parents and carers to keep children safe online. You are also able to report concerns directly to CEOP. Please see the links for these below.
The Think U Know website has helpful tips to support parents and carers with new technology and mobile phone safety. There is a link to this below.
If you would like to discuss any worries please contact the school family team who can provide further guidance and information.
We send out ‘What Parents Need to Know’ bulletins to all parents and carers regularly with helpful tips and guidance from National Online Safety to keep you up to date.
We also run online parent/carer sessions throughout the school year to support with online safety and safeguarding.