Worstead CE Primary School have two key duties - education and safeguarding. As such, we undertake staff and volunteer training at the start of every academic year, based on the latest government and LA guidance. A record of training and attendance is kept, as well as ensuring that trainees have 'passed' the tested element. All classroom staff i.e. teachers and teaching assistants, (who have the most everyday contact with children) also have had 'Prevent' training to help them identify signs of extremism or radicalisation in a child. Any safeguarding concerns that any adult may have whilst in school is recorded on our confidential, secure and GDPR-compliant 'CPOMS' online system by that person themselves (no second hand or 'hearsay' reports) and then raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is tasked to take further action if deemed necessary.
Our school also takes part in a jointly run operation between Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Police and our school, called Operation Encompass. Encompass has been set-up to help schools to provide support to children who have been present at incidents of domestic violence. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present or witness to domestic violence.
The school will receive a confidential phone call from the Encompass team at CADS before 9:00am on the first school morning after any domestic incident where a child at their school has been involved in, present or witness to domestic violence.
The school have designated Mr Read and Mrs Parsonage as the Designated Safeguarding Leads. They have received training and updates from the Local Authority to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence to make sure that the right support is available for children and their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence incident. They are bound by strict procedures and confidentiality in how they deal with such matters.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved. Incidences of domestic violence, or other occasions where police have been called to an address overnight, are often a part of a larger pattern which reveals a safeguarding concern, but which previously we may not have been made aware of.
If you have any concerns or questions then please contact one of the above DSLs and we will be happy to discuss this further.