The Government has defined the term 'Safeguarding Children' as:
'The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully'.
If you have any concerns or worries about a child please contact a member of school staff.
At Thurstonland First School, our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Claire Minogue.
In her absence, we have a Deputy DSL who is Mrs Kate Norris
These are the key people in school to contact should you have any concerns or worries; however, all members of staff are trained to support you should you need to approach them.
Please see the front page of our website for our up to date contact details.
Our Safeguarding policy and other related policies can be viewed in our Policies section.
Please find below a selection of useful links: -
Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.
Operation Encompass means that the Education Safeguarding Service will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when the police have been called to a domestic incident.
Once the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) has attended at an Operation Encompass briefing, they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all DDSL’s.
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
The DSL has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.
We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.
The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.