Woodfall Primary and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We believe all staff and visitors have an important and unique role to play in child protection. For this reason, staff safeguarding training or update sessions take place at the start of every academic year and updates take place regularly within the school year.
AT Woodfall WE BELIEVE:
- Schools can contribute to the prevention of abuse
- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need to be safe and feel safe in school
DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEADERS AT WOODFALL
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Helen Hough, Headteacher. The Deputy DSL is Jane Bramham, Deputy Headteacher. They are supported by Kim Muir, a member of the Senior Management Team.
We also have a Designated Safeguarding Governor, Dr Robina Hetherington . All of the named Safeguarding Officers have undertaken the relevant training.
All Safeguarding information will be dealt with in a confidential manner.
General information about safeguarding related policies and practices within our school can be found in the Policies section of the website within ‘Virtual Office’.
Guidance and advice about how to keep your child safe online can be found in the E-Safety page under ‘Our School’.
Our school participates in partnership with Cheshire Police-via Operation Encompass, a procedure which ensures that we can we can better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.
This is done through a phone call to school following an incident.
The procedure 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 Woodfall Primary and Nursery School is Mrs Helen Hough. If she receives an Encompass call, she 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 making 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 Safeguarding 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.
YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OPERATION ENCOMPASS VIA THE FOLLOWING SITE:
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE?
If you want to know more about keeping children safe from sexual abuse, there is a Home Office supported website providing information and advice called Parents Protect.
WHAT IS PARENTS PROTECT?
.....is an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, answer questions and give adults the information, advice, support and facts, they need to help protect children.
...is to help parents and carers better protect children from sexual abuse. Our most important task is to prevent sexual abuse from taking place in the first place. We believe we can do this by:
- Helping to dispel some of the common myths around child sexual abuse
- Giving parents and carers practical information that will help them keep youngsters safe from harm.
We understand that child sexual abuse is something we’d rather not think and talk about – but we believe the best way of protecting children is for adults to do just that! By not being afraid to talk about the issues, we become much better able to understand the steps we can take to keep our children as safe as possible.
For confidential information and advice contact the ‘Stop it now!’ Helpline: 0808 1000 900
REVIEW OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Ofsted was asked by the government to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. This report summarises the findings and recommendations:
All staff at Woodfall regularly update their training around the government's Prevent Strategy. This strategy aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.
In the event of a lockdown or partial school closure, Woodfall will ensure that all children classed as vulnerable will be offered a place in school. The school's safeguarding team will work closely with outside agencies to facilitate this and ensure all families and children are supported. Further information is included in the Policies section of the website within ‘Virtual Office’.