Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
It is every school’s statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, as outlined by the DFE in its publication Keeping Children Safe in Education, which was updated for September 2020.
This means that a school must protect children from maltreatment, prevent impairment of children’s health or development, ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
At St Luke's, we ensure that everyone who comes into contact with children and their families is clear on the role that they play in safeguarding children. All staff and governors renewed their safeguarding training during September 2020. New members of staff are trained as part of their induction package.
St Luke's is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children, staff and visitors. In addition, we promote an ethos where children and adults feel confident about sharing their concerns about their own safety or the well being of others.
Our designated safeguarding leaders are:-
Ms Melanie Michael (Head Teacher) - Lead
Mr James Rolt (Deputy Head Teacher) - Deputy Lead
Jane Slater - Parent Support Advisor
Kate Holt - Teaching Assistant
Rachael Scully - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Click on the link below to view our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
This DFE document places the following statutory duties on all schools:
Click here to download the full document.
The purpose of Bury Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been exposed to Domestic abuse. This abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment. A copy of the handbook can be downloaded below
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, 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 in 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.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass is detailed as part of the schools Safeguarding Policy and in our Encompass Commitment can be downloaded below
At St Luke's Primary School our Key Safeguarding Adults are:
Ms Melanie Michael (Head teacher)
Mr James Rolt (Assistant Head teacher)