These are terms that we hear a lot through school documents, the media and the like. Knowing exactly what these terms mean will help us understand why we take our responsibilities with regards to Child Protection and Safeguarding at St Francis very seriously.
Safeguarding is a broad term that refers to the actions, policies, procedures, curriculum and overall provision that we have in place at St Francis to:
- Protect children from maltreatment
- Prevent the impairment of a child’s health and development
- Ensure that children grow up in circumstances with safe and effective care
- Take action to enable all children to achieve the best outcomes.
Child Protection refers to all of the specific processes, policies and measures that we have in place to prevent, and respond to instances where a child may be suffering, or likely to suffer from harm as a result of neglect or abuse. We are part of a project run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police, known as Operation Encompass. This involves the police reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff liaises with the police and uses the information that has been shared, in confidence, to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
We believe it is essential to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and that important information sharing is paramount for all those involved.
Essentially, it’s the things that we do at St Francis, day in day out, to keep everyone safe.