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Safeguarding

At Oaklands School, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Oaklands 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 Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policy area.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. Where possible, we will ensure that our concerns about our pupils 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.

Safeguarding Team

  • Headteacher:  Mr Neil Oxley
  • Designated Safeguarding lead and Assistant Headteacher:  Tamsyn Bradley
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead and Assistant Headteacher:  Martine Clewes
  • Nominated Link Governor for Safeguarding is:  Lynn Noden

Additional Safeguarding Staff

  • Family Support Worker:  Emma Bradford

All staff, volunteers and students are checked by the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability to work with children, that they are appropriately qualified, they are who they say they are and have the right to work in the UK.

Our Safeguarding Policy forms part of a set of documents and policies which relate to the safeguarding responsibilities of the school. We follow the Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children Partnership’s procedures (link below).

Please see the links below to view our Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Visitor Information leaflet.

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police initiative, which supports children and young people who have witnessed or experienced Domestic Abuse. Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email or telephone call to school following an incident.  The project ensures that the designated safeguarding lead is available to liaise with children’s services and the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. In this way we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.

At Oaklands School, our designated safeguarding leads are: Miss Bradley (Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Clewes (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Mr Oxley (Headteacher), The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other safeguarding and child protection information.

If a designated safeguarding lead receives an Encompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help – if the child needs this.  All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The designated safeguarding lead may contact other organisations.

If you would like more information about Operation Encompass, details can be viewed online at www.operationemcompass.org

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/835733/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2019.pdf

Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department for Education July 2018)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/729914/Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children-2018.pdf

Cheshire West and Chester Safeguarding Children Partnership: Child Protection Procedures  https://www.cheshirewestscp.co.uk/

 

Other useful links:

Advice for parents about talking to your child about creating, sending or receiving explicit images:
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents/talking-about-sex/sexting/sexting_wda96795.html

Support for parents and carers:
https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices:
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology

Child Exploitation Online Protection  (CEOP) Centre website for parents and carers:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

NSPCC

www.nspcc.org.uk-local

Barnardos

www.barnardos.org.uk

www.educateagainsthate.com

www.childline.org.uk

 

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  1. Safeguarding Leaflet
  2. Pupil Friendly Safeguarding Policy
  3. Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy