SAFEGUARDING & WELL-BEING
PUPIL WELFARE (CHILD PROTECTION)
As a school, we have the duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of our pupils. This responsibility includes: the production of a Child Protection policy and procedures; to be alert for possible signs of abuse; ensuring staff are appropriately trained; 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
All visitors including parents are asked to report to the school office at the main entrance when they come into school. This also applies to children who are late after 9:30am; any pupils arriving between 9:00am – 9:30am should enter through the late gate. External doors cannot be opened from the outside and all areas of the school are alarmed. School grounds are also monitored by security cameras.
* See School Security policy and procedures
When children are taken out of school during the day they should be collected by an adult who must report to and sign out pupils at the school office.
Operation Encompass has been launched, aimed at supporting children affected in any way by domestic abuse. The project is a joint initiative involving Darlington Borough Council, Durham Police and schools across Darlington.
The safety and wellbeing of children and young people is our greatest priority. Our school is one of many in Darlington that are taking part in this new project aimed at providing extra support to children and young people who are 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.
Starting from January 2017, following any serious 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.
I believe our school’s involvement in this project demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.
In the meantime, if you would like to speak to someone about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Thurland on 01325-380784 or by email JTHURLAND@rydal.swiftacademies.org.uk. You can find out more information at www.operationencompass.org