Safeguarding

The Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Meadow View School is Mrs Trish Keenan.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads at Meadow View School are Mrs Karen Smith, Mrs Jenni Logan and Mrs Bev Morgan.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is responsible for safeguarding and child protection at Meadow View Primary school. The key role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead is to:

  • manage referrals from school staff or any others from outside the school
  • work with external agencies and professionals on matters of safety and safeguarding
  • raise awareness of safeguarding and child protection amongst the staff and parents
  • ensure that child protection information is transferred to the pupil's new school

Safeguarding at Meadow View Primary School

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy DSL will carry out their role in accordance with the responsibilities outlined in Annex B of 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018'. The DSL and the Deputy DSL will undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role; this training will be updated every two years. In addition to their formal training, the DSL and Deputy DSL will update their knowledge at regular intervals (at least annually) via e-bulletins, meeting other designated safeguarding leads etc.

The DSL and Deputy will provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters.

The DSL and Deputy at Meadow View Primary School will liaise with and make referrals to Children's Social Care and other agencies where necessary, take part in strategy discussions and other multi-agency meetings and contribute to the assessment of children, including Early Help assessments.

The DSL will maintain detailed, accurate written records of concerns and referrals ensuring that they are kept confidential and stored securely.

When a child leaves our school, the DSL will make contact with the DSL at the new school and will ensure that the child protection file is forwarded to the receiving school in an appropriately agreed manner. We will retain evidence to demonstrate how the file has been transferred; this may be in the form of a written confirmation of receipt from the receiving school and/or evidence of recorded delivery.

The DSL is responsible for ensuring that all staff members and volunteers are aware of our policy and the procedure they need to follow. They will ensure that all staff, volunteers and regular visitors have received appropriate child protection information during induction and have been trained to the appropriate level recommended by Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and the Rotherham LSCB. (A training pack can be obtained by contacting sherran.finney@rotherham.gov.uk).

Operation Encompass

Domestic abuse is a crime and occurs across all of society, it can happen to anyone. It can include physical violence, sexual assault and rape, verbal abuse, humiliation, not allowing people to see family and friends, threats to take away children, stalking, and denial of medical care and threat of deportation.

Operation Encompass, a partnership between South Yorkshire Police and Education, has been designed to provide support for any child in school who may be affected by a domestic abuse incident where the police have attended.

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. This will remain confidential; no information about specific incidents is shared with school. The school will, however, be able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children who have been involved in, affected by, or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.