Safeguarding is wide reaching and includes child protection, health and safety, site security, safety on trips and visits, online safety, anti-bullying, medication and the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
St Gabriel’s CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and to promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding responsibilities, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Cross (Deputy Headteacher).
This is to inform you that our school is participating in Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding 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, and which might then have an impact on them in school the following day.
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.
This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends. Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
School is able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The information is kept confidential, and will only be shared on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person.
This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.