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. At Vernon Primary School we take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we ensure that everyone working in our school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Vernon Primary School is Mrs Joanne Carvell and the deputies are Mrs Sarah Kiely and Mrs Debbie Wilson. Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Pauline Jones.
Every school must have a Child Protection Policy - often referred to as the school's Safeguarding Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that our school has effective measures in place to safeguard your children from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children are of the highest priority in all aspects of our school's work. Having the policy in place ensures that all members of your school community:
• Are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection.
• Know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern.
• Know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding
• Are aware of the key indictors relating to child abuse
• Fully support the schools commitment to safeguarding and child protection.
Current Safeguarding Documents
Useful Website Links
http://www.cheshireeastlscb.org.uk/homepage.aspx - providing information about sign of abuse and procedures explaining what to do if you are concerned about a child.
www.nspcc.org.uk – organisation working to stop child abuse and support and offer support following abuse.
www.ceop.gov.uk - A police organisation working with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children. Age appropriate games and information provided for children on the site.
http://course.ncalt.com/Channel_General_Awareness/01/indexhtml - raising awareness of factors contributing to radicalisation.
You will be aware from having received the letter in December 2015, that Vernon Primary School, in conjunction with Cheshire Police, is involved in a new initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Vernon Primary School our Key Adult is Joanne Carvell (Headteacher)
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting our Key Adult.”