The Welfare and Safety of our children and all stakeholders is of paramount importance to all at Pikes Lane Primary School. During our recent OFSTED inspection, our Safeguarding Practices were deemed to be Outstanding. “Staff are highly vigilant and take appropriate actions to ensure that pupils are kept safe.”
“The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Statutory checks to ensure that adults are cleared to work with children have been undertaken. All staff have been trained so that they know how to respond should they have concerns about a pupil. Those pupils that spoke with inspectors stated that they felt safe in school. They particularly value the opportunity through the ‘Bubble Time’ scheme to speak to a trusted adult whenever they have a worry or concern. Evidence seen during the inspection shows that leaders take appropriate action to work closely with other agencies to ensure that pupils are kept safe.
Leaders ensure that pupil welfare and safety is given the highest priority. The work of the pastoral staff is highly valued. Strong links with external agencies ensure that effective support is in put in place for families and pupils.”
In 2015, we did also receive an Inspection by the Local Authority, who gave the school another outstanding award and made the following comments:-
“All statutory procedures, which are up to date, are in place to ensure staff, parents, pupils and volunteers understand about safety and its importance within the school context. The safeguarding and Child Protection policy was specific to the school and was in line with local procedures; it gave clear guidance what to do if a member of staff had concerns about the welfare of a pupil. It was clear that policies and procedures were embedded throughout the school.” – Local Authority Safeguarding Review, February 2015.
We have recently been awarded two awards to recognise our achievements in Health, Well Being and Safeguarding in relation to all stakeholders. The Investors in People Award and the Health and Wellbeing Award were awarded to the school in January 2016.
The purpose of Bolton Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors, is detailed as part of the school’s Safeguarding Policy and published on our school website.
At Pikes Lane Primary School our Key Adult is Headteacher, L. McArdle.
Click on links below to view our school policies regarding Safeguarding: