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Safeguarding at St Peter's|
At St Peter's C of E Primary School we believe that everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide support for children to prevent concerns from escalating. We work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Staff are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect and maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
We take part in Operation Encompass.
“It’s every child’s right to be supported and safeguarded.”
As part of St Peter's C of E Primary School’s commitment to keeping children safe, we are proud to be part of Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Being part of Encompass means our school will receive a notification from Lancashire Police before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved in or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous day. The information is given in confidence to the schools Key Adult and will enable us to provide the best possible support for the child.
The Key Adults at our school are Catherine Greenwood ( Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead), Claire Crowther (Deputy Head and Back Up Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Rachel Smith (Learning Mentor and Back Up Designated Safeguarding Lead)
If you have any questions or wish to know more about our involvement in Operation Encompass, please do not hesitate to contact Claire Crowther on the school telephone number: 01282 426873.
There is also information on the website https://www.operationencompass.org/
Children Looked After and Previously Looked After|
Schools and local authorities have a new duty, required by the Department of Education, to promote education, progress and achievement for previously looked after children. These are children who may have been adopted, placed on special guardianship orders (SGOs) or a child arrangement order (previously, Residency Order) from care.
These new duties recognise that children who have previously been in care may well require additional support as a result of their life experiences prior to being adopted or placed in permanent families.
Schools are currently allocated additional funding for this group of pupils, called Pupil Premium Grant Plus, and this will continue.
St Peter's School have
· Appointed Mrs Crowther (a qualified teacher) as the named person to lead within the school on promoting education progress and attainment for looked after and previously looked after children.
· Ensured school policies take into account the needs of potentially more vulnerable pupils.
· Continue to use the Pupil Premium Grant effectively to support progress and achievement for these pupils.
· Track progress and attainment.
· Provide advice, support and information to parents and guardians.
Local Authority Support
The local authority duty is to provide advice, information and guidance to schools, parents and guardians. The Lancashire Virtual School will lead on the local authority duties.
They can be contacted by email email@example.com.
In order for a school to access the additional funding and provide any additional support required, they need to know which of their pupils have been adopted, are on SGO s or subject to a child arrangement order, from care. This enables the school to claim the funding when they complete the school census. Only children who had a period in care prior to being adopted, placed on an SGO or a child arrangement order, are eligible for the funding.
Some useful websites to access support:
Recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting|
It is vital that schools and colleges create a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopt recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children.
Governing bodies and proprietors must act reasonably in making decisions about the suitability of the prospective employee based on checks and evidence including: criminal record checks (DBS checks), barred list checks and prohibition checks together with references and interview information.
The level of DBS certificate required, and whether a prohibition check is required, will depend on the role and duties of an applicant to work in a school or college, as outlined in this guidance.
For most appointments, an enhanced DBS certificate, which includes barred list information, will be required as the majority of staff will be engaging in regulated activity. In summary, a person will be considered to be engaging in regulated activity if as a result of their work they:
• will be responsible, on a regular basis in a school or college, for teaching, training instructing, caring for or supervising children; or
• will carry out paid, or unsupervised unpaid, work regularly in a school or college where that work provides an opportunity for contact with children;
• engage in intimate or personal care or overnight activity, even if this happens only once.
Useful websites and links for parents|
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