Kempston Challenger Academy | Safeguarding & Child Protection
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Safeguarding & Child Protection

Safeguarding

All adults at our academy recognize the responsibility we have under the Education Act 2002 and we have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the high level of care for the safety and welfare of our children.

Our Policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection sets out how our governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children at our academy.   Our policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the academy.  The governors, teaching assistants, mid-day supervisors, secretaries as well as teachers can often be the first point of disclosure for a child.

Matters of concern, whether they relate to home or school, will always be treated confidentially. Please make early contact with the academy to discuss any concerns.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Anna Craddock – 01234 290900 Extension 109

Safeguarding Officer: Lynni Gingell – 01234 290900 Extension 123

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse. Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.

Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school. The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

The DSL has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification. We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports. The DSL has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.