Child protection statement
Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility
Our school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are our pupils. This means that we have Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures in place, which we refer to in our prospectus. All staff, including our volunteers and supply staff, must ensure that they are aware of our procedures.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests or a child is at significant risk or in immediate danger.
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic violence.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a specified member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
This will enable us, as a school, to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident. This could be as little as just knowing or letting them bring in a particular comfort without question or giving them time away from others to settle. The response for each child will be individual and confidential.
Our Key Adult is Mr Andy Pugsley
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Information sharing between agencies supporting young people
Reporting directly to child protection agencies
Staff will follow the reporting procedures outlined in the safeguarding policy. However, they may also share information directly with children’s social care, police or the NSPCC if:
- the situation is an emergency and the Designated Safeguarding Lead, their deputy, the headteacher and the chair of governors are all unavailable
- they are convinced that a direct report is the only way to ensure the pupil’s safety
- for any other reason they make a judgement that direct referral is in the best interests of the child
If you wish to report a safeguarding concern to Ofsted or the NSPCC you can use the links below:
The NSPCC website provides lots of useful information and excellent advice for parents covering many issues regarding safeguarding e.g. online safety, home alone, staying safe on social media etc.,
Gaming: resources for parents and carers
The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a leaflet for parents and carers providing information and advice about online gaming, and how to help support children and young people enjoy online games positively and safely. Source: UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 31 October 2017