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Safeguarding Statement

The basis of this statement is provided by the latest version of the statutory guidance ͚Working Together to Safeguard Children͛ and ͚Keeping Children Safe in Education͛. This statement and the linked guidance cover all children in our School.

Keeping Children Safe in Education states: Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding. Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The purpose of this statement, and the directions it provides are planned, implemented and regularly reviewed in order to:

1. Protect children from maltreatment and significant harm

2. Prevent impairment of children’s health and wellbeing

Most importantly, this involves taking action to enable all children achieve the best results they can.

Our safeguarding network is underpinned by an ethos of constant vigilance. All staff have a pivotal role to safeguard children and they are duty bound to provide help for all. We should identify concerns early and implement school policy to prevent concerns from escalating to a point where a child is at risk of significant harm.

Action will be taken to promote the welfare of all children and this will be done even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk. Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action will be taken to protect the child. In the case of physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect, the school will make a referral to Children’s Social Care. In order to fulfil our safeguarding duties, Christ Church CE Primary School have a robust suite of Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.

These include:

Acceptable Use Policy IT

Anti-bullying Policy

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy for Children

Collection of Children at End of School Day Policy

Designated Teacher for Looked-after & Previously Looked-After Children

Online Safety Policy

Positive Handling Policy

Preventing Extremism & Radicalisation

Safe Recruitment & Vetting

Safeguarding Systems in School Summary

The named Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy are Mr Williams and Mrs Lynskey respectively and together they are responsible for safeguarding across the School.

If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance on 01925 492422. Equally, if you feel you need to, you can contact Mr Williams or Mrs Lynskey directly by contacting the school office.

This Statement complies with: Children’s Act 1989 and 2005 Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 - and Keeping Children Safe in Education - Statutory Guidance 2019.

Operation Encompass

In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Christ Church Community Primary School is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass.

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

At Christ Church, our Key Adults are Mr Williams, Head teacher and Mrs Lynskey, Deputy Designated Senior Leader.

This is an invaluable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.

You can find out more by visiting http://www.operationencompass.org or by contacting Mr Williams.


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