SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
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From left: Mrs Geldard, Miss Watson and Mrs Braithwaite
Lancaster Lane School's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the Head Teacher, Mrs Geldard.
The school's back-up DSL is Miss Watson, the Acting Deputy Head Teacher and SENCo.
The school's outreach family worker, Mrs Braithwaite, is also DSL trained.
Mr Graham Gorton is the Child Protection Governor and Mr Greg Adam is the back up Child Protection Governor.
As detailed in the policy below, all staff undertake safeguarding / child protection training on a regular basis.
We are an Operation Encompass School
There are currently no procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to schools which means that our children are left without the support and nurture that they need when they need it most. Operation Encompass has been created to address this so that by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Mrs Geldard (Head Teacher is the key adult within Lancaster Lane School)
For further information about Operation Encompass click here or on the icon:
To read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy click on the icon below.
To read our EYFS Online Safety Policy click here on the icon below.
All schools have a legal duty to 'safeguard' and promote the welfare of
children in the school. This includes taking reasonable measures to reduce risk and taking appropriate action to address concerns.
What reasonable action does Lancaster Lane School take to reduce risk?
* All staff and regular visitors undertake DBS checks;
* All governors are in the process of undertaking DBS checks;
* All staff receive Child Protection training;
* Governors have received Child Protection training / updates;
* The Head Teacher, Chair of Governors and three governors have received Safer Recruitment Training;
* Parents are telephoned by 9.30am if the school has not heard why their child is absent from school;
* Security measures are in place - e.g visitors can only enter school via the front entrance and must sign in;
* Risk assessments are in place and regularly reviewed.
What might lead a member of staff to raise a concern?
*If a child is consistently late for school;
* If a child has poor attendance;
* If a child is consistently unwashed or has dirty clothes;
* If a child is regularly collected late from school;
* If a child tells them about a concerning event at home;
* If a child is consistently dropped off very early for school;
* If a child is inappropriately dressed for the weather;
* If the child has access to age inappropriate items or viewing materials;
* If a child is playing inappropriate games for their age online.
This is not an exhaustive list and are examples only.
Taking Action To Address Concerns
What action does Lancaster Lane School take to address concerns?
* If a member of staff raises a concern they will complete a CPOMS incident which the three school based DSLs all read;
* The DSL will decide whether to contact other relevant agencies in order to support the child / family
- usually parents are fully informed before any referral is made.
Allegations Against A Member of Staff
In line with part four of KCSiE 2016, governing bodies and proprietors will ensure there are procedures in place to handle allegations against members of staff and volunteers. Such allegations should be referred to the LADO at the local authority. There must also be procedures in place to make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if a person in regulated activity has been dismissed or removed due to
safeguarding concerns, or would have been had they not resigned.
If the allegation is against a member of staff / volunteer then the Head Teacher is the Case Manager who deals with this and liaises with the Local Authority. If the allegation is against the Head Teacher then the Case Manager who deals with this is the Chair of Governors.
The ChildLine Schools Service has recently visited all children in Years 5 & 6 to provide them with key messages about keeping safe. It can be beneficial for these messages to be reinforced at home. The NSPCC has developed some guides for all parents of primary school aged children to speak to your child about keeping safe – called the Underwear Rule. You can find guides to the Underwear Rule to help you have simple conversations about keeping safe from abuse here for adults and here for children. and a video to share with your child here.
You can speak to an advisor for further advice or request a hard-copy guide for parents and carers by phoning the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000. You can also visit www.nspcc.org.uk/parents for other advice on keeping your child safe.
KCSiE - Keeping Children Safe in Education
The KCSiE document part 1 has information for managing allegations against staff can be read here.
Further DfE Information can be read here.
Report online terrorist & extremist material: https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
Channel awareness training:
NEW HM Govt Package April 2016 - www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk
Help us understand how young people are affected by the issues of radicalisation and travel to areas of conflict.
Share this link with young people aged 11-25yrs - http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/139832MNCUQ/?x=001
Lancashire P4S Website - www.preventforschools.org
DfE Website for Prevent - www.educateagainsthate.com
Blackburn resources: http://ipreventblackburn.org.uk/