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Safeguarding

 

Queen’s Park Infant Academy has a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection matters affecting pupils at school. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Edwards - Head Teacher, who also leads on the Prevent agenda and Online Safety. The Designated Safeguarding Deputies are Mrs Blanchard (Deputy Head Teacher - Inclusion Lead), and Mrs Adeney (Reception Year Leader). The school has a Safeguarding Policy, which explains how the school deals with child protection concerns, including allegations about the behaviour of members of staff.

 

All schools must follow:

  • The law
  • Guidance from the Department of Education and Skills
  • Local multi-agency child protection procedures
     

If the school is worried about a pupil's safety and welfare they must refer this to the First Response Team and then after consideration of information this may transfer to the Safeguarding and Assessment Team.

The school will normally let the pupil's parent(s) know when we do this, but we do not contact parents if we think that this could put a child at risk of harm.

When a school refers a child protection concern it must share all relevant information about the pupil.

The Data Protection Act allows schools to share personal information with other agencies when there are child protection concerns about a child.

They may decide that it needs looking into further. What action is taken will depend on the circumstances. Any of the following may be appropriate:

 

  • An Initial Assessment
  • Child Protection enquiries - this includes agencies assessing the risks to any children based upon the information shared, research and talking to those concerned.
  • If the referral relates to an allegation about a member of staff, usually a strategy discussion will take place between the school, the local authority, the Local Allegations Designated Officer and the police, to decide what will happen next. They will contact the parent to let them know what is happening as soon as possible.

 

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

 

Our school is part of Operation Encompass.  This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.  Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.  All Key Adults have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training.  The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.   The Key Adult has also led briefings for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and impact of this abuse on children.  We have also discussed how we can support our children 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.   The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.

 

The Key Adults at QPIA are:  Mrs Edwards (Headteacher), Mrs Blanchard (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Parker (Family Support Worker).

 

Domestic Abuse

 

This school receives information from the police to alert the Designated Safeguarding Team in the school when there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a household where a pupil lives.  This allows us to monitor and support the pupil. If we have additional concerns we will discuss the need for further safeguarding actions with Social Care. This information would only be shared with other staff on a restricted need to know basis i.e. those who are immediately responsible for the pupil’s welfare, such as the class teacher. Where a multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) occurs the school may be asked for information and appropriate school related information may be shared with the school after the meeting.

 

Children and young people have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.  Families have a right to expect schools to provide a safe and secure environment.  All schools have a legal duty to work with other agencies and the police to safeguard children’s welfare.

 

To view CLP's Child Protection & Safeguarding policy please click on the following link https://www.coastalpartnership.co.uk/policies-1/  

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