Safeguarding children

The Children Act 1989 places a clear responsibility on school to ensure they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the school or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse the school has a duty to inform the local Social Services Team Manager.

At Leconfield Primary School Mrs Tracey and Miss Allanson are the members of staff responsible for Child Protection.

Any person employed to work with children in our school is expected to be cleared by a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, we have made available the below documents to give you further advice and information:

Leconfield Primary School Safeguarding Policy

Below are a number of contact details and links for your information:

Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH)

During office hours (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm), you can contact EHaSH on:

Outside of office hours, please contact the emergency duty team:

Family Information Services Hub (FISH)

Free, impartial service for children, young people, parents/carers & the people who support them.

National Contact Information

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.

‘One group of pupils is supporting the community to develop a sensory garden in
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‘Pupils are confident that staff will help them if they have any concerns.’

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‘One pupil, typical of many, said, ‘We should treat others as we expect to be treated ourselves.’

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‘Children enjoy exploring the purposeful learning environment that staff have created for them.’

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‘Across
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‘ The early years staff know their children well.’

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‘There are respectful relationships between adults and pupils.’

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‘Learning builds on what pupils already know. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and support pupils to develop their reasoning skills.’

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‘Pupils enjoy their role as ambassadors for the school, welcoming visitors and organising fundraising events.’

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‘Pupils move around the school sensibly.’

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‘Pupils learn to develop their independence from an early age.’

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‘Leaders know how important it is for pupils to enjoy reading.’

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‘In
mathematics, the ‘small steps’ of knowledge that pupils must learn are clearly identified.’

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‘Staff have given careful thought to what
children will learning each term.’

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‘Pupils learn how to stay safe, including when using the internet.’

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‘Pupils feel safe in school. Bullying is rare.’

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‘Pupils enjoy attending this school.’

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‘Pupils listen carefully to other people’s opinions.’

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‘Pupils enjoy taking part in a wide range of extra-curricular experiences, such as rugby club and choir.’

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‘The safeguarding of pupils is a priority in school. Staff know pupils and families well.’

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‘Pupils are respectful of people with different backgrounds or beliefs.’

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‘ Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are given extra support if
they fall behind.’

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‘Teachers encourage pupils
to read in a variety of ways.’

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‘Pupils are supportive of one another’

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‘Leaders are working to further improve their curriculum.’

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‘Leaders ensure that staff have the training and support to meet the needs of pupils with SEND’

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‘Leaders encourage pupils to take on responsibilities in school.’

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‘Leaders and teachers promote a respect of different cultures and ideas.’

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‘ Children learn to read as soon as they start at school. Welltrained staff skilfully help children to read with increasing confidence.’

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‘There are consistent routines and high expectations.’

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