Meet the Lord Street Safeguarding Team:
Lord Street Primary School's Safeguarding Link Governor: Joanne Crowson
Safeguarding is EVERYONE'S responsibility
Safeguarding and Child Protection
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils attending Lord Street and this requires all staff and visitors to share this commitment.
Lord Street Primary School recognises that high self-esteem, confidence, peer support and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all children, especially those at risk of, or suffering abuse.
We therefore ensure that:
- ALL staff, volunteers and governors contribute to an ethos where children feel secure and safe
- ALL children have opportunities to communicate and know that they are listened to
- ALL children's wishes, feelings and views will be taken into account when decisions are being made about how to keep them safe
- ALL children know that they can communicate with any adult in school if they are worried or in difficulty
- ALL staff and volunteers will contribute to providing a curriculum which will equip children with the skills they need to stay safe and be able to communicate when they do not feel safe
- ALL staff and volunteers will contribute to providing a curriculum which will help children develop an attitude which will enable them to enter adulthood successfully and reach their full potential
- ALL staff, volunteers and governors will establish effective, supportive and positive relationships with parents, carers, pupils and professionals
Lord Street Prevent Duty Statement
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard for the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Lord Street Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy.
The Prevent Lead (or SPOC - Single Point of Contact) in school is:
Mrs C Reynolds-Browne, Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Lord Street Primary School is participating in the Operation Encompass partnership scheme, between local schools, academies, colleges, community health agencies, and Lancashire Police.
Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to schools etc., about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours to which a young person attending our school has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on their schooling the following day. This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends.
Operation Encompass was first introduced in Plymouth in February 2011, and has proved very effective in providing appropriate and timely support to young people affected by domestic abuse. This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.
Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
At Lord Street, nominated members of staff, known as an Encompass Key Adults, have been trained to liaise with the police. These Key Adults are the school Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Deputy DSL’s. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adults will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person.