Please find a copy of our Safeguarding, Child Protection & Early Help Policy here
Appendix for Safeguarding and Child Protection & Early Help during Covid-19 pandemic can be found here
Our latest risk assessment for the safe re-opening of School during Covid-19 pandemic can be found here
Mrs Helen Crowder, Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lisa Speakman, Pastoral Manager, Deputy Safeguarding Lead
The safety and well-being of all children and young people is of paramount importance. Parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We, therefore, have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to achieve this, a wide range of measures are put into place:
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Administering Medication Policy
- Attendance Policy
- Break & Lunchtime Play Policy
- Confidentiality Policy
- Education of Looked After & Previously Looked After Children Policy
- Equality Scheme
- Health and Safety Policy
- Intimate Care Policy
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Missing Child Policy
- Photography Policy
- Positive Behaviour Policy
- Safeguarding, Child Protection & Early Help Policy
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy
The Governing Board keep these policies under regular review. They ensure the Head Teacher provides termly updates on safeguarding as part of her report to Governors. The Governing Board appoints a named Governor for Child Protection and Looked After Children.
Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.
Should you have any concerns about a child you can contact:
Children’s Social Care Team: 01942 828300
Or you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) via this link: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Health-Social-Care/Children-and-young-people/LADO-notification-form.aspx
The Wigan Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) oversees all organisations in Wigan and Leigh that work with children and young people and have a responsibility for safeguarding them.
The board has a legal duty to supervise the work of the child protection system and the work of the supporting groups, helping agencies communicate and work together effectively, tackling any problems to meeting priorities, and maintaining the principles and values.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse.
Click here to visit the NSPCC website
St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people 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 children, families and staff at school.
- We ensure that all staff receive appropriate training, guidance and support to undertake the effective safeguarding of children.
Any concerns are passed through the designated safeguarding leaders within the school.
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School is engaged with this scheme.
“For schools to be able to effectively play their part in supporting children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence early information is essential. This simple but invaluable sharing of information will help schools prepare for the needs and potential behaviours of a child immediately following an incident. Schools already work closely with police and social services but early notification can only strengthen that relationship improving the overall support to the child.”
Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the NAHT
“… actually Operation Encompass is doing exactly the right thing”
Bradley Simmons, South West Regional Director, OFSTED