Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. Here at Lower Farm Primary School we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.

The best interests of the children will always be our priority. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Sarah Rawlins (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Leah Holford (Nurture & Wellbeing Leader)

Joshua Turner (Deputy Headteacher)

Laura O’Donovan (Deputy Headteacher)

Sam Davis (Assistant Headteacher)

Lindsay Swain (SENDCo)

Julie Birch (Before & After School Club Leader)

Designated Safeguarding Link Governor - Nigel Ford (Chair of Governors)

We have orange lanyards that clearly identify the Safeguarding team. Visitors to the school without a DBS will wear red lanyards and visitors to school who have a DBS will wear a green lanyard.

What you can do

Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to someone who you trust will listen. The school is required to have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for this purpose. Parents and children should speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead if they have any concerns about a child or staff member.

If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact Walsall Safeguarding Partnership:

·  During office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 5.15pm Friday, 8.45am – 4.45pm) call Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 555 2866 

·  Out of office hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays) Emergency Response Team Telephone: 0300 555 2922  

Operation Encompass

Lower Farm is an Operation Encompass School.

This is an initiative developed with West Midlands to ensure that school will be informed of any domestic abuse incident attended by the Police the day after the incident has occurred where a child from our school has been exposed to domestic abuse. 

This will enable the school to sensitively and appropriately support the child and family to ensure they feel safe and secure after an incident of domestic abuse.

If you wish to find out further information about Operation Encompass, please do contact school and ask to speak to Miss. Holford who is our Operation Encompass key adult

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