Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
The staff with responsibility for safeguarding in our school are Mrs J. Pollitt (Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead) or, in her absence, Mrs J. Forshaw (Head teacher)
At Kirkdale St Lawrence CE School, our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. The governing body will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our school has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. The following is a summary of our safeguarding in practice:
- All staff are DBS checked as part of the recruitment procedures and are made aware of our safeguarding policies & procedures during their induction.
- All staff annually attend face to face safeguarding training as part of their INSET and have on-going regular updates in response to the needs of the children. They also complete extensive on-line safeguarding training.
- When conducting every recruitment process, at least one member of the panel who has attended the Safer Recruitment training would always be on.
- Visiting professionals/supply staff are asked to show photographic identification prior to entering school and their DBS details would be confirmed by their employer.
- The PSHCE curriculum teaches children how to look after themselves and to keep safe and identifies safe adults beyond the family to confide in at times of distress or identified danger
- E-Safety is taught within the Computing curriculum with regular reminders and is continually referred back to during a variety of lessons.
- All staff employed by Kirkdale St Lawrence focus on the well-being of the children and are aware of the need to listen to and respect the views of all.
- Prevent Radicalisation and Extremism is part of training for staff and encouraging British and our Christian Values is part of the curriculum at Kirkdale St Lawrence.
Safeguarding is an umbrella term and covers many more aspects than just child protection.
Child Protection is protecting children from identified risks - originally focused on abuse at homenow a wider concept to include bullying, abuse through new technologies etc.
Safeguarding extends child protection to include preventing harm and promoting the well-being of children.
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children's health and/or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provisions of safe and effective care
- Create opportunities to enable children to have optimum life chances in adulthood
(2004 Children's Act)
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY 'safeguarding 2018'.docx
SAFER CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ADULTS.pdf
Keeping Children Safe in Education
WORKING TOGETHER TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN DFE GUIDANCE
In conjunction with Merseyside Police, Kirkdale St Lawrence CE is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
- At Kirkdale St Lawrence our Key Adults are Mrs J. Forshaw (Headteacher) and Mrs J. Pollitt (Deputy Head & Designated Safeguarding Lead).
- This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
- You can find our more by visiting operationencompass.org or by contacting the Safeguarding team at school.
Please read the following protocol for dealing with 'Missing Children' is from Liverpool Safeguarding Board.
The following document gives advice to parents about 'ROAD SAFETY'.