Dormanstown Primary Academy’s whole-school Child Protection Policy aims to provide clear direction to staff and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child welfare concerns. The policy also aims to make explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures to keep children safe in our school. This policy recognises that abuse can occur in all communities and contexts and that all staff have a responsibility and the opportunity to support children, in sharing concerns and worries in school to feel safe. The whole school culture of vigilance in Dormanstown Primary creates a safe space where children are supported, listened to and valued in what they choose to share and that ALL staff act immediately with the necessary level of intervention to create the most effective outcome for every individual child.
The purpose of the policy is, therefore, to ensure that our children’s welfare is of paramount importance, early and additional help is offered to prevent escalation and where child protection concerns are identified referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child’s well-being.
What do I do if I have a concern about the safety, care or welfare of a child or young person?
If you have a concern about a child or young person within school hours (9am to 3pm), you can contact the academy on 01642 483696:
- Mr Oliver Long (Designated Safeguarding Lead),
- Mrs Alison Hill (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Ms Rachel Lees (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs Sharon Sherwood (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs Louise Stogdale (Trust Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr Richard Hodges (Trustee Safeguarding Lead)
Outside of these hours, please contact the Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642 130700, email: RedcarMACH@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or contact the police (if necessary).
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELL BEING OF ANY CHILD YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.
Many people worry that their concerns or suspicions may be wrong or that they are interfering unnecessarily or that someone else might report it. Our advice would be to report in any case to the school or to the Children’s Hub team where they can give advice and the professionals can process the information you have. Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and it is always better to be safe, by reporting anything, than sorry!
Our school is part of Operation Encompass which is a national scheme that operates jointly between schools and police forces. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, when a child or young person has experienced domestic abuse. The Designated Safeguarding Lead has been trained in the Operation Encompass procedures allowing us to then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support the children in our care.
This information will be shared on academic days during term time.
Where incidents occur on a weekend or during a school holiday, the Police will contact the relevant school the following Monday / next working day.
The Children Act 2004 places a duty on agencies to share information for the purpose of child safeguarding and welfare. Information will only be shared with the school by the Police where it is identified that a young person was present at the time and is focused solely on identifying and addressing child welfare concerns.
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