CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING
Summary of Child Protection Information for Visitors and Volunteers
Our school is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children
entrusted to our care.
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 the 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 our children feel secure, valued and listened to
Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
Everyone working with our children, their parents and 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
Contact the Head or the Deputy DSL if the DSL is not available
Remember disclosures of abuse or harm from children may be made at any time
If anything worries you or concerns you, report it straight away
Mapledene Primary School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
No Platform Policy
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021-2022:
As of September 2021, Mapledene Primary School is taking part in a joint operation with 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 Mapledene Primary School we have a dedicated and child-focussed Safeguarding Team, who 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