As a school we have a duty to protect all children and keep them safe. Child Protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or are likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse.
THE WELFARE AND SAFETY OF ALL CHILDREN IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
As a school we have a duty to protect all children and keep them safe. Parents and children attend school every day with the expectation that the school provides a secure environment in which pupils can flourish and develop. Children know there are adults in school who they can approach if they are worried about anything.
Our school will ensure the environment is safe and secure and is one in which children are encouraged to talk freely about anything that concerns them, including allegations against other pupils. A culture of vigilance is proactively promoted to ensure the wellbeing of each member within our school community.
Safeguarding is the action that everyone takes all of the time to keep all children safe. For example:
Child protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or ae likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse.
There are four types of abuse:
How we fulfil our Child Protection Duty at Holy Trinity?
We have a Child Protection Policy which is supported by an ‘umbrella’ of safeguarding policies. We train all staff and volunteers regularly to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know the processes to follow when they have a concern. We also train all adults regarding their conduct and duties around working with children.
All adults in school have a duty to report any concern about a child to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or a Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
We have a duty to talk to other agencies such as Children’s Social Care and the Police if we think that any child may have suffered abuse or may be at risk of abuse.
What Happens When We Have a Concern?
When we have a concern about the safety or wellbeing of any child we will discuss this with the parents or carers, unless we think that doing so would put that child at further risk.
When appropriate, we will share relevant information with Sutton Children’s Services.
A Social Worker may consult with other agencies before deciding what action to take. They will speak to parents or carers about the concern and keep them informed about what is happening.
If an allegation is made about an adult who works in school, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Children’s Social Services and the Police will be informed. Parents and / or carers of any child involved will be kept informed of the processes and outcomes as appropriate.
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Key People Involved in Child Protection and Safeguarding at Holy Trinity CE Junior School
Everyone is responsible for protecting all children, but all schools must have a senior member of staff who is responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding. This is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:
Mrs S Robins – Deputy Headteacher
If Mrs Robins is not available the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs S Gruffydd – Headteacher
Mr L Still – Assistant Headteacher
Mrs A Cooper – SENCo
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor is Rev. David King.
If you need some support or you have a concern about any child we are always willing to help.
Please contact the School Office and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The school is working with the police in a project called Operation Encompass.
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 incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
Other Agencies Who Can Help
New guidance issued ‘Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm‘ brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the pandemic and signposts to available help and support.