A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Safeguarding

Shobnall Primary School is a child centred school. The child’s needs and welfare are paramount.All children have a right to be protected from abuse and neglect and have their welfare safeguarded.

We all have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to maintain a professional attitude of it could happen here where safeguarding is concerned.

Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment. The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need.

‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’ (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020)

Our policy for Safeguarding, incorporating Child Protection, can be viewed here:

Shobnall Primary School Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

Shobnall Primary School Safeguarding Booklet

From 5 January 2021, parents were asked to support public health efforts by keeping their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response – who absolutely need to attend. Schools and all childcare providers were also asked to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Schools must continue to have regard to the statutory safeguarding guidance, keeping children safe in education. Our addendum to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be viewed here:

Shobnall Primary School COVID-19 Addendum for Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

Key Personnel

All safeguarding concerns should be reported immediately to the appropriate member of staff in accordance with our policy and procedures.

DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DSL)

Mr D. Adams

DEPUTY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DDSL)

Mrs P. Johnston

DEPUTY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DDSL)

Mrs T. Farrington

GOVERNOR CHAMPION FOR SAFEGUARDING

Mrs M. Bradley

Policies & Procedures

To underpin the values and ethos of our school and our intent to ensure that pupils at our school are appropriately safeguarded the following policies are also included under our safeguarding umbrella…

Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Staffordshire Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced, any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (Designated Safeguarding Lead) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved. 

To find out further information, please click on the links below:

Operation Encompass Primary School Poster

Operation Encompass School to Parent Letter 2021

Useful Links & Resources

To support our culture and ethos for safeguarding at Shobnall Primary School, we have provided you with some links to local and national documents and resources. Please keep checking back for updated guidance!

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 (KCSIE)

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSSCB)

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection)

Childline

NSPCC 

UNICEF

UK Safer Internet Centre

Prevent Duty

Thinkuknow

Young Minds