Leamington Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpin this commitment. The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need. We believe that all children have the right to feel safe and protected from harm in an environment, which values and respects each child as an individual.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes in to contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child (KCSIE DfE 2021).
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of all our children. We have a detailed child protection policy (2001-2022) which explains the producers that staff must follow in order to protect our children. Please find this policy below.
Our CP policy follows new statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment as set out in KCSIE. You can access this statutory guidance by clicking below:
Leamington Community Primary School is fully committed to the promotion of children’s well-being and safeguarding them from significant harm. Where there are concerns that a child is, or may be at risk, the needs of the child are paramount.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs. I Kelleher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs. R Mellor (Deputy Headteacher)
Useful websites and resources:
Take a look at our E-Safety page for further support.
In conjunction with Merseyside Police, Leamington Community Primary School is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting the Safeguarding team at school.
For further information please read the policies below:
Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. The DfE has launched a ‘Tackle Child Abuse’ campaign which will be aired on local radio stations.