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Safeguarding Children

“The welfare of the Child is paramount”

Gill Blowers Nursery School is committed to safeguarding children, we value and respect children by promoting their wellbeing and everyday needs. We believe that all children have equal rights to protection, the right to be safe, secure and free from all forms of abuse, neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, including the exploitation and corruption of children.

Gill Blowers Nursery School Safeguarding Lead Staff

Joanne Iddenden – Head Teacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead – head@gillblowers.nurseryluton.com

Marie Hayden – Family Worker – familyworker@gillblowers.nurseryluton.com

You can view our safeguarding policy on our Policies Page

Please click below to read government advice on keeping your children safe online.

Keeping children safe online 

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Our school is part of Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.

Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.

Once a Key Adult (DSL) and their deputy/ies (DDSLs) have attended either an Operation Encompass briefing or completed the online Operation Encompass Key Adult training they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all other school staff. All schools staff can undertake the online training.

Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school and we ensure that when a new child join our school the parents/carers are informed about Operation Encompass.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

The Key Adult /s have led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children.

As a staff we have also discussed how we can support our children who are experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse on a day-to-day basis and particularly following the Operation Encompass notification. We have used the Operation Encompass Handbooks to inform our thinking.

We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.

We have  used the Operation Encompass Key Adult Responsibilities checklist to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.

When Head Teacher, DSL or DDSLs leave the school and other staff are appointed, they will ensure that all Operation Encompass log in details are shared with the new Head Teacher /Key Adults and that the new member of staff will undertake the Operation Encompass online training.

https://www.operationencompass.org/

Useful Links

Click here to go to Luton’s Safeguarding Children Board lutonlscb.org.uk

Here is more information about the NSPCC PANTS campaign. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

Click here to see Useful Information About Keeping Children Safe Online https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/under-5/