Safeguarding children – Information for Parents
At SKPS we believe that it is of the utmost importance to have robust systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. All our pupils have a right to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity and we work effectively with outside agencies to ensure that this is the case.
Safeguarding in school is a very wide area which covers all aspects of keeping children safe at all times. It includes the physical environment of the school buildings and land, a wide range of practices and procedures, and close liaison with a range of other agencies.
As part of our Safeguarding role, we teach all children how to keep themselves and others safe (at an age-appropriate level) through our PSHE and RSE curriculum (add link to the policy page). Children are also given clear information about how to report things they feel uncomfortable about.
We are committed to monitoring and listening to all our pupils to identify possible problems. Where there are serious concerns about a child’s safety, we will share our concerns with the relevant authorities.
We work closely with other agencies such as the Police, Social Care and the Health Service to ensure that children in danger are identified and kept safe.
From time to time, families may find themselves in difficulties which could prove detrimental to their children. We will also work closely with those families so that they are supported to ensure their children’s safety and well-being and signpost them to other agencies who may be able to offer help and support.
If you have any questions regarding our safeguarding practices at SKPS please contact Gemma Wyatt, Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads will deal with any safeguarding concerns you may have as a matter of the highest priority.
Mrs G Wyatt - Headteacher, DSL
Mrs A Kennedy - Deputy Headteacher, DSL
Mrs Z Balding - Inclusion Officer, Deputy DSL
Miss Charlotte Bathurst - Teacher of EYFS, EYFS/KS1 Phase Leader, Deputy DSL
Mr Matt Wills - Teacher of Year 3, KS2 Phase Leader, Deputy DSL
Our Safeguarding Policu can be found on our policies page, please click here to view it.
Safeguarding Information for Pupils
Department for Education Guidance
Department for Education Guidance is contained below:
At Skinners’ Kent Primary we are working in partnership with Kent Police and Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass. Please click here to read more about it:
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident.
Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Operation Encompass has been created to highlight this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘key adults’, such as the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Class Teacher or named Support Staff, the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
In order to achieve this, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present, with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSL).
On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires. We will record this information and store this information in line with our Safeguarding Policy.