SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION STATEMENT:
The following statement was agreed by the Headteacher, staff and governors on 12 March 2013. It is revisited and readopted each year by the Governing Body at their Annual General Meeting near the start of the autumn term.
The Headteacher, staff and Governors of The Dell Primary School recognise their responsibility to safeguard all the pupils in our care.
We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of our pupils and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
We recognise the personal dignity and rights of pupils, and staff, and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children.
We are committed to:
Following the guidance in the All Wales Child Protection Procedures
Respecting the rights of children
Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding all of our pupils
Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
Following any local authority guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults in need of protection.
Supporting parents and families.
Sharing information with partner agencies where this is necessary to safeguard and promote the well-being of children.
Monmouthshire Children’s Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.
If you have any concerns for a child or family then speak to one of the following who are designated to take the lead in safeguarding in this school.
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 PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.
Once a Key Adult (DSL) has attended at an Operation Encompass briefing they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all DDSL’s. Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information. The Key Adult has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.
We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non abusing adult at risk.
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.
ALL staff who work at The Dell in whatever capacity receive 'Level 1' safeguarding training and this is refreshed every two years. Designated and Deputy Designated Leads receive 'Level 2' safeguarding training and this is updated every three years. At The Dell we have trained two additional members of staff to this higher level of awareness.
DESIGNATED PERSON FOR SAFEGUARDING - Steve King, Headteacher
DEPUTY DESIGNATED PERSON FOR SAFEGUARDING – Mark Adams, Deputy Headteacher
OTHER SAFEGUARDING LEAD - Debbie Cass - Wellbeing & Pastoral Support Leader
GOVERNOR WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFEGUARDING – Andre Haynes
MONMOUTHSHIRE CC SAFEGUARDING IN EDUCATION LEAD OFFICER - Heather Heaney
If you have a concern about a pupil's safety or wellbeing talk to the Designated Person above or if this is not possible call Monmouthshire County Council's Child Duty Desk on 01633 635669 (24 hrs)