Safeguarding and Child Protection
At All Saints Primary School, we are passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We believe that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such, our school aims to ensure that, all pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment. This includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We recognise the importance of us ensuring our pupils know how to seek support, feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding can involve a range of potential issues such as:
- Neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse
- Bullying, including online bullying (by text message, on social networking sites, etc) and prejudice based bullying
- Racist, disability and homophobic or transphobic abuse
- Gender based violence/violence against women and girls
- Extremist behaviour and/or radicalisation
- Child sexual exploitation and trafficking
- The impact of new technologies, including ‘sexting’ and accessing pornography
- Teenage relationship abuse
- Substance misuse
- Issues which may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence
- Particular issues affecting children including domestic violence, female genital mutilation and honour based violence and forced marriage
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It also relates to broader aspects of care and education including but not limited to:
- Pupils’ health and safety and well-being, including their mental health
- Meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
- The use of reasonable force
- Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
- Providing first aid
- Educational visits
- Intimate care and emotional wellbeing
- Online safety and associated issues
- Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context
We have robust policies in place for ensuring the wellbeing of our children. These policies underpin our practice and values shared by every single member of staff in our school. The school pays full regard to the DfES guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including volunteers and staff employed by contractors.
What to do if you have concerns about a child
If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child, please share those concerns with a member of the team.
Any concerns about children are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in the school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance. Please note any information will remain confidential but if there are any concerns in relation to the safety of the child, we will have to refer it to the MASH referral hub.
At All Saints Primary School, we have a team of Designated safeguarding Leads (DSL’s)
Mrs Reed-Morrison Miss Doherty Miss Latham Mrs Stubbs
Miss Proffitt Miss Miller Mrs McElwee Mrs Taylor
You may contact them through the main reception telephone line on 0161 223 9325 - option 2.
Our Link Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Anne Unwin.
All Saints Primary School is proud to be part of a joint project between local schools and Greater Manchester Police. This project is called Operation Encompass. It aims to support children who are affected by domestic violence by ensuring that their school is informed. This allows the school to support the children.
Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.
What is the purpose of Operation Encompass?
Operation Encompass provides an efficient, confidential channel of communication between police forces and key adults within schools. This enables the immediate and discrete recognition of the child's situation by the key adult, ensuring a secure and sympathetic environment is provided and the broader effects of abuse are addressed.
Who is Operation Encompass?
Operation Encompass is a charitable organisation set up in 2011, which has since enabled effective interventions to many thousands of children who've experienced domestic abuse. Our volunteers, trustees, and patrons are working tirelessly to ensure that police and schools throughout the country are able to address victims of domestic abuse consistently and coherently.
What does Operation Encompass deliver?
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained key adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
For Safeguarding information and resources please click on the link below