At Brook Street School we are committed to keeping children safe, promoting their welfare and protecting them from harm. This is a duty placed upon us by the Education Act 2002 (section 175) but is also one of the enduring aims of the school.
Parents and carers should know that the law (Children's Act 2006) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare. Where possible and appropriate we will share this information with families before we pass it on. However, there may be occasions when we believe that to do so may place the child at a greater risk of harm.
Safeguarding is the action or actions that are taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to children's health or development and ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care. Statutory child protection responsibilities form one part of this overarching duty.
The Safeguarding Team at Brook Street School is:
All members of the safeguarding team are trained to Level 3 and their training is updated and refreshed inline with best practice. In addition, all school staff receive annual Level 1 training and read part one of Keeping Children Safe in Education each year. The Admin Team and After School Club staff are trained to Level 2.
Role of the DSL & DDSLs
All adults working in school shave a legal safeguarding responsibility. However, the role of the DSL and DDSLs is very clearly set out.
School is required by law to have a named Safeguarding Governor whose role is to oversee the ethos, compliance and effectiveness of safeguarding within the school and provide a link between the safeguarding team and the Governing Board.
Our named Safeguarding Governor is:
Governors receive regular safeguarding training appropriate to their role.
Brook Street School is signed up to and is fully supportive of Operation Encompass.
The aims of Operation Encompass are:
When pupils who attend Brook Street School have witnessed or been affected by an incident of domestic abuse, Operation Encompass will contact the school, inform us of the incident and give us the opportunity to offer support to the child and/or family affected. This will always be done in confidence and with the upmost discretion and sensitivity.
You can find out more by visiting their website.
There is a range of documentation to support the role of the safeguarding team, much of it statutory. Copies of or links to this documentation can be found below.
Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP)
Every Local Authority area has an Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCB’s are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for testing how effectively this happens. The Cumbria LSCB became The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) on the 29th September 2019
CSCP has fulfilled this role for our local area and has supported local safeguarding arrangements by delivering training, auditing, publishing learning, publishing procedures, undertaking reviews etc. Most of this activity can be seen on their website which can be accessed via the link below.
This website can offer you help and advice if you are concerned about a child. You are also always welcome in school to discuss or share your concerns.