Safeguarding (including Policy and Procedure)
The school has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in our care. We follow the JTMAT Safeguarding Policy which can be found on: https://jtmat.co.uk/privacy/policies/ and have our own Safeguarding Procedure, which can be found below.
Designated safeguarding officer is:
Mrs N Leeson.
Deputy designated safeguarding officer is:
The School has a nominated governor for Safeguarding (L. Williams) and for E-Safety (A.Owen).
Whittington Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Parents can feel confident that careful procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children. We strive to ensure that parents and children feel free to talk about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress and that they will see the school as a safe place. Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. At times, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.
On 1st February 2021, Staffordshire Police launched a project in partnership with local education authorities to safeguard and secure children who are experiencing domestic abuse. https://www.operationencompass.org
Operation Encompass is a police and education partnership which ensures that a child’s school is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been an incident of domestic abuse to which the child or young person has been exposed.
Each school is informed of all domestic abuse incidents, not just those where an offence can be identified or those which are graded as high risk. The partnership recognises that all incidents of domestic abuse can be harmful to children and young people.
The information from the police is passed via telephone call or email to the school’s designated safeguarding lead or their deputy (known as a key adult). This ensures the information is passed to someone who has the relevant safeguarding training and who understands who to manage confidential information in line with other child protection information.
Whittington Primary School is an Operation Encompass School. In our school there are children we know that are experiencing domestic abuse because of the Operation Encompass contact.
Below are some useful links. Please see 'E-Safety Advice for Parents' for additional information.
- CEOP – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
- Childline – Help for children and teenagers.
- NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board StaffsSCB
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) – Ceop-Police & knowaboutcse
- Women’s Aid - 24 Hour Helpline: 0870 2700 123
- UNICEF – Support Care Team 0300 330 5580 (Mon – Fri 8am-6pm). If you think a child is in immediate danger, please call 999. Unicef
- IDAS https://www.idas.org.uk/
- Men’s Advice Line (0808 801 0327) https://mensadviceline.org.uk/
- National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247)
- Refuge https://www.refuge.org.uk/
- Relate (0300 003 0396) https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/talk-someone
- The ManKind Initiative (01823 334244) https://www.mankind.org.uk
- Victim Support https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/domestic-abuse