Safeguarding

 

 

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available for parents to view in the policy section of our website by following the link Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 2021-2022(1).pdf

The safety and wellbeing of all our children and young people is of paramount importance.  Parents and carers send their children to school every day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment within which every child can flourish.  We work hard to ensure this expectation becomes reality at our school.  In order to achieve this, we have a wide range of measures and additional policies in place:

  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Good Relationships Policy ( our Behaviour Policy)
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Low Level Concerns Policy
  • Equality Policy
  • First Aid and Medicines Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safer Recruitment Policy

The Governing Body keep these policies under regular review.  They ensure the Head Teacher provides termly updates safeguarding as part of her report to Governors.  The Governing Body appoints a named Governor for Child Protection who attends school termly to complete termly checks on all systems in place.

Designated Safeguarding Officers

Headteacher

Mrs Joanne Maher: head@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Joanne Maher: head@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 1

Mrs Paula Roworth: mrsroworth@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 2

Miss Rachel Hopkins: misshopkins@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Mr Luke Twigger: mrtwigger@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Tim Booth/Shane Penn/Donna Green- 01772 536694

LADO.admin@lancashire.gov.uk

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of a project, which is run in collaboration with Lancashire Local Authority, Lancashire Constabulary and other schools.  The project, known as Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school.  This is communicated in a timely fashion through secure email following an incident.

The project ensures that at least one member of school staff, known as the Key Adult, is available to  liaise with children's services and the police and to  use the information that has been shared, in confidence.

In this way, our aim is to give support to each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.  The Key Adult at Abbey Village is Mrs Joanne Maher.  Our ELSA who offers pastoral support is Mrs Sarah Munday.

If we receive an Encompass notification, an adult in school who the child trusts will be available to help- if the child needs this.  Most of the time the support is silent; keeping a watchful eye on him or her and making sure that the child has a calm day in school.  The confidential information is not ordinarily shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help if needed.  We offer ring fenced pastoral support in our timetable which can be accessed by children as and when it is needed.

All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt.  A Key Adult may contact other organisations.

The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help a child from the immediate moment they arrive at school and parents are aware that the Key Adult has been made aware.  Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult.  The Key Adult can point parents towards other organisations that can help.

Our aim is to support children and their families.

GET HELP AND ADVICE ON A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and any young person up to the age of nineteen.  You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything, no problem is ever too big or too small.

CALL FREE ON 0800 1111

Childline- www.childline.org.uk

 

 

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