Our 'Designated Senior Leader' for Child Protection is Mr. Kendall
(although all members of the school’s Leadership Team are trained to ‘back-up’ this role)
Our Child Protection Governor is Mrs J. Bunting
Through the day to day contact with children, staff in the school are well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure of a child to develop. Parents need to be aware that where it appears to a member of the school staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required to report its concerns to Children’s Social Care.
This is a legal duty placed on the school and one we take very seriously.
Our school is now participating in the Operation Encompass partnership scheme, between local schools, academies, colleges, community health agencies, and Lancashire Police.
Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to schools etc., about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours to which a child attending our school has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on their schooling. This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends.
Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
A nominated member of school staff, known as an Encompass Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. In our school, this adult is Mr Kendall (as the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead). Mr Kendall will be able to use information that has been shared with him, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a need to know basis.
Operation Encompass was first introduced in Plymouth in February 2011 and has proved very effective in providing appropriate and timely support to young people affected by domestic abuse. This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and a recent review of Operation Encompass showed that it is beneficial and supportive to all those involved.