If you have a safeguarding concern please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding at Elmwood Junior School
Mrs Devecioglu – Deputy Head Teacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr P Dancy – Lead Governor for Safeguarding
Mrs Read – Head Teacher
Mr Beck – Deputy Head Teacher
Mr Ozgu – Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs Kriesler – Assistant Head Teacher & SENCO
Mrs Macleod – Pupil Welfare and Data Manager
Mrs Henfrey – E-Safety Lead
Elmwood Junior School recognises its responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The school’s policy applies to the whole of the school’s workforce, along with volunteers, governors and any contractors working on the school site. The overall aims of the policy are to:
- Provide protection for the pupils;
- Provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm;
- Alert staff to the signs and indicators that all might not be well;
- Develop staff awareness of the causes of abuse;
- Develop staff awareness of the risks and vulnerabilities their pupils face;
- Address concerns at the earliest possible stage;
- Reduce the potential risk pupils face of being exposed to violence, extremism, exploitation or victimisation;
- Emphasise the need for good levels of communication and that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Authority requires Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that DSLs risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents appreciate how difficult it is for a DSL to carry out this delicate responsibility.
The welfare of the child is paramount
At Elmwood Junior School we are working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.
The purpose of Operation 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 in a number 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 highlight 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.
In order to achieve this, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present, with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSL). On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this should be covert dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the Metropolitan Police and MASH Encompass Protocol Data Sharing Agreement.
At Elmwood Junior School our Key Adult is Mrs Devecioglu.