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SAFEGUARDING & WELL-BEING

As a school, we have a duty to promote the welfare of our pupils, taking action to enable all our children to have the best outcomes. This includes protecting them from maltreatment and preventing impairment of their mental and physical health or development.
To fulfil this responsibility effectively we will make sure we consider, at all times, what is in the best interest of the child.
Our Child Protection and safeguarding policy and procedures will be reviewed at least annually to be alert for possible signs of abuse; ensuring staff are appropriately trained and, where appropriate, sharing information and working in partnership with other agencies.

Should you have any concerns around child protection or safeguarding please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Thurland) who is the designated person for child protection, safeguarding, Looked after Children and Young Carers; or the Headteacher.

Should the concern relate to the conduct of the Headteacher contact the Chair of Governors.

*See Child Protection Policy

 

OPERATION ENCOMPASS

Operation Encompass is aimed at supporting children affected in anyway by domestic abuse. It is a joint project involving Darlington local authority, Durham police and schools across Darlington. 
The safety and well-being of children and young people is our greatest priority. The project is aimed at providing support to children and young people affected by domestic abuse within their home or family life.

Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a child or young person, often with them seeing and/or hearing the abuse, seeing a parent’s injuries and distress afterwards, or they can be physically hurt themselves.

Following a domestic abuse incident being reported into Durham Police, specialist staff will identify which school the child attends, make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information. This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity of any incidents to enable the trained staff within the school’s known as ‘key adult’ to provide support depending on the needs and wishes of the child or young person.

The key adult in school has attended training to ensure that they have a full understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on children.

You can find out more information at www.operationencompass.org