Safeguarding

Within this section you will find information on the following:

  1. Child Protection and Safeguarding
  2. The Prevent Duty
  3. Operation Encompass

 

1. Child Protection and Safegaurding

Safeguarding at Acresfield is ‘everybody’s business’. The school has established a culture where everyone takes responsibility.

The named lead for safeguarding is Mike Dixon [headteacher]. In his absence the lead is Chloe Carberry [deputy headteacher].

The named governor for safeguarding is Sarah Bazley.

On entry to the school, in the office reception area, there is a safeguarding statement for all our visitors to read. There is also a sign to inform people who the safeguarding lead is for that day.

Below are some useful contact numbers:

Domestic abuse – 08082000247

Childline – 08001111

NSPCC – 08088005000

 

2. The Prevent Duty

Prevent forms part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy and aims to prevent children and young people from getting drawn into terrorism. Below are two useful links which can help parents and carers to ensure their child is staying safe online and not meeting people or visiting websites that would lead them to adopting, what we consider, to be extreme views and potentially becoming radicalised.

http://www.internetmatters.org/issues/radicalisation

http://www.educateagainsthate.com

As a part of our curriuclum, children are given the opportunity to explore the issues of diversity within Britain’s multi-cultural society. Our children are able to discuss such issues as tolerance and respect for people with different views and beliefs. This is explicitly referenced in our personal, social and health education curriculum. Further information on this work can be found on this website in our British Values page, which is under the section Our Curriculum.

If you see any content online related to terrorism, you can report it to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit

Click on the following link to see the school’s risk assessment action plan. Prevent Duty Risk Assessment Action Plan

 

3. Operation Encompass

Our school is part of a project, which is run between Cheshire West and Chester schools and Cheshire Police.  The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic violence incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school.  This is done through a phone call to school following an incident.

The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.

In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.  The Key Adult at Acresfield Primary School is Mr Mike Dixon. If he receives an Encompass call he will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help – if the child needs this.  Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and make sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.

All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.  This is described in our Child Protection policy.

The sharing of information from the Police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened.  Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult.  The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.  Our aim is to support children and their families.

This information is outlined in the following letter to parents – Operation Encompass