Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
We all have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at our school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away.
Some issues e.g. a child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour, can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff. Do not worry that you may be reporting small matters – we would rather that you tell us things no matter how small.
However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must speak to one of Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Katy McKie
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mr Paul Chambers / Mrs Sue Lindley
Safeguarding Link Governor – Mrs Andrea Webber
Serious Safety Concerns
If school staff are unavailable and staff, parents or the general public have serious concerns about the welfare / safety of a child they can contact:
You can also email DCST securely with additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALWAYS CONTACT 999 IF SOMEONE IS IN DANGER
This is a service offered by Doncaster Children's Safeguarding Board. Early Help is a way of thinking and working together between services with families that have additional or more complex needs.
Early help is preventative, by providing support to families when a need is identified or as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life, from conception, through childhood and into adolescence. It can also prevent further problems arising by building resilience with families to find their own solutions in the future.
It should not be seen as a specific service, but any service, and crucially how services work collectively through tailored support packages for specific needs in individual families.
Fill in the online form if you are worried about a child or have an Early Help enquiry. If you need information or advice about a child or young person before completing the form, call Early Help from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, on 01302 734110. Visit www.dscb.co.uk/early-help for full information.
Doncaster’s Families Information Service provides access to a range of services for universal or more complex needs. You can use this directory of services and information in your work with families. Visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/fis
We would like to inform you of a project that is in place in South Yorkshire. It is called Operation Encompass, a partnership between South Yorkshire Police and Education, supported by each Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any domestic abuse incidents, where the police have attended and that might have an impact on a child in school.
A key safeguarding member of staff in school will be informed when a domestic abuse incident has been recorded within the previous 24 hours or over the weekend. This will enable school to monitor children possibly affected and, where required, support if necessary.
The designated member of the school staff will use the information that has been shared, in confidence. They will also ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children who have been involved in, affected by, or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our children and young people and we believe Operation Encompass will enhance the safeguarding within school. This will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Our Key Adult is Mrs Katy McKie (Designated Safeguarding Lead).
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
Policies and Documents:
Below are a list of our safeguarding policies and a link to the Doncaster Safeguarding Board.
Please clink on the link below to access the Doncaster Safeguarding Board.
Updated Autumn 2022