Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome
- Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work, pastoral care and so much more.
Keeping the young people of our school safe is absolutely central to our work. Iveshead School works hard to ensure that all students are highly educated in how to keep themselves safe both at school and beyond.
A full safeguarding and child protection training programme is delivered to all staff on an annual basis. In addition there is refresher training at the start of each academic year and each member of staff receives a pack of information that they have to sign for. Updated information is distributed during the course of the year.
Staff who come to the school part way through an academic year receive 1 : 1 training from the Safeguarding Lead and an information pack.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the school’s safeguarding team.
All Leicester City and Leicestershire County schools are part of Operation Encompass which is a safeguarding initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools are formally notified of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address at which children are present or normally resident. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and with Leicestershire Police.
All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police now share information about all incidents of domestic abuse through Operation Encompass.
To further support the welfare of children, when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the Police during the school term and one of our pupils was in the household, the information is shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
This system has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a huge impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening.
This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to pupils. The information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. For example, with the class teacher. It will not be shared with children.
If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 0028.
Useful Links and Documents
Iveshead School Designated Safeguarding Leads – IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO A DESIGNATED MEMBER OF STAFF