CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING
Wyndcliffe Primary School is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.
Here is the link to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022’. All staff who work at Wyndcliffe Primary School are trained in this guidance and have regular safeguarding updates.
Our school will support all children by:
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment
- Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness
- Effectively tackling bullying and harassment
We recognise that some children may be victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff working with children are well placed to identify such abuse.
At our school, in order to protect our children, we aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all children feel secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact a member of our school’s safeguarding team or you may wish to contact the Police. It is never ok to do nothing.
Everyone working with our children and their parents/carers should be aware that their role is to:
- Listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse
- Not to attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised
- Refer to the Designated Senior Lead (DSL) immediately
- Remember disclosures of abuse or harm from children can be made at any time
If anything worries you or concerns you, report it straight away!
NOTICE – CHECK – SHARE
Safeguarding children means taking action to promote the welfare of children and to protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Safeguarding includes:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s mental health and physical health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Child Protection is a term that outlines the legal process once a child has been deemed to require social care intervention.
Are you a Parent or Guardian? Protecting children is your responsibility too...
Worried about a child?
If you are ever worried about a child, please telephone Birmingham Children's Advice & Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888 or email them at email@example.com. Outside of normal office hours call 0121 675 4806 for the emergency duty team.
In an emergency where a child's safety is at immediate risk of significant harm, call 999.
The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) has launched a public awareness campaign called
‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’. For more information click on the link below:
Wyndcliffe Primary School will be taking part in a joint operation involving Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council, and West Midlands Police. This will formally be known as Operation Encompass
Operation Encompass has been established to help schools provide in-school support to children who have been present at, exposed to or involved in any domestic abuse incident.
We know that children can be significantly harmed, physically and/or emotionally, during these situations, and that it also negatively affects their learning and behaviour in class.
Therefore, as part of the Operation Encompass procedure, and to help mitigate the resulting negative impact, the school will now receive a confidential phone call or email from West Midlands Police before 9am the morning after a child or young person has been witness to, or involved in, any reported domestic abuse incident.
Here at Wyndcliffe Primary School, we have a dedicated and child-focussed Safeguarding Team. They are specially trained to effectively use the information the Police share, in confidence, and enable the school to provide the right support to any child and their family.
We always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our pupils and believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
More information can be found at https://www.operationencompass.org/
However, if you have any concerns or questions regarding Operation Encompass, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our school’s designated safeguarding leads.
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