At Churchtown Primary School, we believe safeguarding all children is the most important role we have. In order for children to be successful learners, they must feel safe and cared about; this is an area of our school that we are fortunate to have a number of very experienced staff working hard to achieve. At Churchtown Primary School, we recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Churchtown Primary School participates in a police led initiative called Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident. Operation Encompass has been created to address such situations that create a safeguarding risk to young people. The aim of sharing information with local schools/colleges 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.
At Churchtown Primary School the police will make contact with via a secure email (usually the next day) with Miss Haury and Mrs Payne who are both Operation Encompass leads. This will ensure that as a school, we are made aware early enough, to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listened to.
If you would like to speak to someone further about the initiative, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Haury or Mrs Payne.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, this duty is known as Prevent duty.
Churchtown Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
The Prevent lead for Churchtown Primary school is Miss Haury. More information about Prevent duty is available in the policies section which can be found here.