Safeguarding & Support for Parents
The safety and well-being of the children at Callow End C E Primary School is our first priority. Children cannot learn unless they feel happy and safe. We adhere to stringent Safeguarding procedures to protect the welfare of all our pupils.
We are committed to:
- Establishing an ethos in which children feel secure, valued and confident of being listened to.
- Giving children the confidence to talk to adults in the school about abuse and to make disclosures to them.
- Providing training for staff in recognising signs, symptoms and behaviour which are symptomatic of abuse and in responding appropriately.
- Establishing appropriate expectations of interpersonal behaviour and helping children to develop strategies to protect themselves.
- Establishing relationships with parents that build on an understanding of the school’s responsibility to protect children (and recognition that this may sometimes require referral of individual children to other child protection agencies).
- Ensuring good procedures and practices in relation to record keeping.
It is the moral and legal duty of all adults in charge of children to be ready to protect children in danger from abuse. Education staff have a responsibility to observe, monitor and refer suspected abuse.
Any member of staff suspecting child abuse or neglect must refer their suspicions to the Designated Safeguarding Lead/Head Teacher, who will then refer to Social Services if appropriate.
It is important that staff are aware that many more children experience abuse than are registered as requiring protection. It is therefore essential that school staff are vigilant in identifying abuse.
Please download the latest copy of our safeguarding and child protection policy using the link below.
Help and support for parents (Early Help Offer)
Early Help in Worcestershire Information
Our school is part of a national project, which is run locally in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and West Mercia Police.
Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and county council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic incident. This will be done prior to the start of the next school day. Information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can broadly be defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour; violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members. This can include, but is not limited to the following types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.
Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, usually the Designated Safeguarding Lead, is given special training, to enable them to liaise with the police and county council in receiving and using the information that has been shared, in confidence.
The sharing of details under Operation Encompass is permitted under Statutory Safeguarding Legislation and in respect of local authority schools under the Crime and Disorder Act (for the prevention of crime) and doing so without the child’s or parent’s consent is permissible under both pieces of legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
We want to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe, that where necessary, this will be beneficial in helping us to achieve that goal.
If you have any questions about Operation Encompass or need support please contact Mrs Wilkinson via the school office
DOWMAT - supporting children with medical conditions
Keeping your child safe in out of school settings - advice for parents
Looked After and Previously Looked After Children
Our designated teacher for LAC pupils is Miss Sam Curtis. Please contact the school for further information.