Safeguarding resources

Our Approach to Safeguarding

At Sheriffhales Primary School and Preschool, we believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognise that safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.

We follow Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) multi-agency procedures and acknowledge that the welfare of the child is paramount.  At Sheriffhales, it is our duty to respond promptly and appropriately to all concerns, incidents or allegations of abuse or neglect of a child. We work in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies.  Our statutory duties and supporting guidance are set out in The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2021, the Ofsted Compulsory Childcare Register, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.

 

Concerns

Should you have any concerns about a child at our school please speak to a member of school staff immediately.  All staff are trained and will log your concern which will immediately be sent to Designated Safeguarding Leads for review.

Domestic violence-Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and the council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse 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 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 UK (GDPR).

Please click the link below for a list of local and national advice and support agencies who can help those who may be affected by domestic abuse:

Operation Encompass contact details

Safeguarding Partner Organisations

http://www.shropshiresafeguardingcommunitypartnership.co.uk/

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/early-help/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism of children

We have a duty to protect children from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.  It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others.  Should you have any concerns about a child at Sheriffhales Primary School and Preschool please speak to a member of school staff immediately.

The Act Early website is a useful resource to find out about Prevent

Anti-bullying Tool for Parents

Please click on link below to obtain advice and guidance on anti-bullying:

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents/interactive-anti-bullying-tool-parents