Ultimately, effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children in line with Working Together 2018 and Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022.
At Whixall CE Primary School and Nursery, the Trustees, governors and staff fully recognise the contribution that our school makes to safeguarding children. We recognise that the safety and protection of all pupils is of paramount importance and that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting children from harm.
Miss Brayford is our School's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
If you have any concerns or worries about a child
or you feel you need any help in any way
please call into school or telephone 01948 880330
to make an appointment.
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Aspinall
Safeguarding and Child protection Link Governor: Mr Neale Sadler
Looked After Children Link Governor: Mr Neale Sadler
You can download a copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 and our School's Safeguarding policy at the bottom of this page.
Should you have any concerns about a child at Whixall CE Primary School, please speak to a member of school staff immediately. All staff are trained and will log your concern which will be sent to Designated Safeguarding Leads for review.
Domestic Violence - Operation Encompass
Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and the council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse incident. This will be done prior to the start of the next school day. Information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can broadly be defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour; violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members. This can include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.’
Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, usually the Designated Safeguarding Lead, is given special training, to enable them to liaise with the police and council in receiving and using the information that has been shared, in confidence.
The sharing of details under Operation Encompass is permitted under Statutory Safeguarding Legislation and in respect of local authority schools under the Crime and Disorder Act (for the prevention of crime) and doing so without the child’s or parent’s consent is permissible under both pieces of legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Please click on the links below for a list of local and national advice and support agencies that can help those who may be affected by domestic abuse and other safeguarding issues.