The safety and well-being of our children at Crow Orchard Primary School is of utmost importance to us and we will always prioritise and act in the interest of the child.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding can be defined by promoting the health, safety and welfare of all pupils. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children. The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working with consistency and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.
What is child protection?
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.
Safeguarding at Crow Orchard
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs J Maher and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs D Heath and Miss E Baron. These team members have undertaken LCC Designated Safeguarding Lead Training and are committed to accessing a varity of complimentary training opportunities ( refer to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for details).
All other members of our team are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection. We host a weekly safeguarding update briefing in school and strive to promote an outstanding safeguarding culture throughout school.
Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs C O'Connor.
All disclosures from children or concerns from adults are taken seriously, recorded and investigated thoroughly in line with Lancashire County Council's Safeguarding Children Board guidelines.
More information and guidance on safeguarding , child protection, child abuse or neglect can be found on the following websites;
- NSPCC ( National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
- Child Line (Call 0800 1111)
Crow Orchard Primary School is affiliated to a joint project between Lancashire Schools and Lancashire Police. ENCOMPASS is the reporting system to schools, by the next day, should a child or young person be affected by a domestic incident.
ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, has direct and immediate access to information. This information allows schools to forward plan and be in the best possible position to support and make provision for children and their families who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident.
Our Safeguarding Team ( listed above) are the Key Adults at Crow Orchard Primary School. We work together to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and their families.
Safeguarding Procedures at Crow Orchard Primary School
More information about Crow Orchard Primary School's approach and procedures with regards to Safeguarding and Child Protection can be found in the key policies/documents below;