Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at Eldon Primary School
At Eldon Primary School we are fully committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of all our children.
All staff receive regular training in identifying and supporting children, and in following the correct procedures should they have any concerns about a child.
Occasionally a child may disclose information of a personal nature to a member of staff. When this happens, we will listen sensitively to the child but we will not promise to keep any details secret as we may need to consult parents or, in extreme cases, other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Eldon Primary School fully adheres to Lancashire's Operation Encompass to ensure the safety of our children and to work collaboratively with Lancashire Constabulary.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Butt (Head Teacher) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss Power (Deputy Head Teacher), Mrs Mirza (SENCO) and Mrs McLaughlin (Teacher).
For further information about safeguarding children we recommend the Department of Education publications Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE 2023) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2023).
The purpose of Operation Encompass at Eldon Primary School is to safeguard and support children who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.
Operation Encompass has been developed so that by 9am on the next school day our Key Adult will be informed that a child at Eldon Primary School has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention as appropriate to the child.
The Key Adult for Operation Encompass is Mrs Azra Butt and she has been trained in the role.