St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy. These can be viewed in the Policies section of the website.
When there are concerns about a child’s welfare we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies. We will ensure that any concerns are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr John Entwistle (Headteacher).
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Luena Archibald (Deputy Head), Mrs Elaine Goulding (Assistant Headteacher) and Miss Lynn Catterall (Family Support Worker).
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is The Chair of Governors, Mr David Cox.
What is Operation Encompass?
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.
Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Police and nominated Key Adults in school will work together to make sure that St Augustine’s staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support children whilst at school.
How will it work in school?
The Senior Leaders at school (especially the Headteacher and Family Support Worker Lynn Catterall) will be known as Key Adults for Operation Encompass and have been trained in the role.
Each morning a police officer will review all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours which may impact on a child attending school the following day. Where children, aged between 4 and 16 years old, have been present and witnessed or been involved in a domestic abuse incident, the officer will send the information to the Council’s Initial Contact and Referral Team who will then send this in a secure format to the named Key Adult at St Augustine’s; the school’s Pastoral Team and pupil’s classteacher will be updated so that they are in an informed position to support the child in a way that is right for them.
This information will be shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police will contact the Council the following Monday.
For more information about Operation Encompass, please contact the school or visit http://www.operationencompass.org/