School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023-24
St. Wulstan's & St. Edmund's are committed to the safeguarding of all our children and young people and along with Lancashire County Council we have a duty of care to ensure children are kept safe from harm.
If you have concerns please access the link below:
which contains the advice below:
Tell us if you are worried about a child
The county council has a duty to protect children and young people from harm caused by neglect or abuse. This includes investigating any allegations that a child might be being neglected or abused, and if necessary take appropriate action to protect the child.
Do you have a concern about a child being abused or neglected?
Call Care Connect on 0300 123 6720 (8am - 8pm) or out of hours 0300 123 6722 (8pm - 8am).
If you think a child is in immediate danger – don't delay call the police on 999.
The NSPCC website has advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect.
Do you have a concern about an adult that works with children?
If there are immediate safeguarding concerns to the child contact Children's Customer Care on 0300 123 6720 (8am - 8pm) or out of hours 0300 123 6722 (8pm - 8am).
If there are no immediate safeguarding concerns to the child inform senior management at the organisation where this person works.
The purpose of Lancashire Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children a numbers of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9:00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
At St. Wulstan's & St. Edmund's Catholic Primary School & Nursery our Key Adult is Mrs Jane Barnes, Headteacher.