Safeguarding and Behaviour Management
A Whole School Commitment to Safeguarding
Our Designated Senior Leader for safeguarding is Ms Greenhalgh. She and her team of Deputy DSL's (Miss Livesey and Mrs Islam) work to ensure that child protection and safeguarding messages are fully understood by all in school. We have a commitment to keeping children safe and deliver regular training for all staff and volunteers.
Safeguarding pupils includes ensuring provision of many things from providing a culture of safety through effective health and safety processes and systems, to managing behaviour and child protection concerns. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and puplis thrive in an environment where they feel safe.
Our behaviour, staffing and inclusion policies are reviewed each year and the Safeguarding policy is updated with regards to key advice from the "Keeping Children Safe in Education" guidance documents and other key legislation. A copy of these policies can be found below.
Concerned about a child...
Anyone can report a safeguarding concern by calling 0300 123 6720 or if out of hours, 0300 123 6722. If you think a child is in immediate danger – don't delay, call the police on 999. The NSPCC website has advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9:10am on the next school day the school’s Safeuardng Lead will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The purpose of Lancashire Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children a numbers of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Further information on Encompass can be found on the following website:
The Encompass Leads at St Stephen's School are:
Ms F Greenhalgh (Deputy Headteacher and Lead DSL)
Ms A Livesey and Mrs M Islam (Learning Mentors and Deputy DSL's)