We fully recognise the responsibilities for safeguarding children and our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.
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Child protection and safeguarding are given the highest priority at Rossett School.We recognise that all adults at our school have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and we expect all staff and volunteers to promote the welfare of our students.
Our policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004; the Education Act 2002, and in line with government publications: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2013, Revised Safeguarding Statutory Guidance 2 ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ 2000, ‘What to do if You are Worried a Child is Being Abused’ 2003. The guidance reflects, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2016.
Mrs Macaulay (Deputy Headteacher) is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Mr Richardson (Assistant Headteacher), Mr Scrimger (SENCO) and Ms Sinclair (KS3 Behaviour Support) and Deputy DSLs. The link Governor for Safeguarding is Mr John Hesketh.
Rossett has agreed to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in York and North Yorkshire Police.
This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and when an incident occurs over the weekend the school will be notified on the Monday by the police.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive the information from the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Operation Encompass has already proved to be very effective in providing appropriate support to children. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this initiative is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved.