Safeguarding Children at School is our Number 1 priority. On this page, we will include information and advice to parents to help them ensure their child stays safe.
The NSPCC provides excellent advice for parents, professionals and children.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Maria Soulsby - parents are able to speak with her in confidence regarding any safeguarding issue or concern. Deputy DSLs are Sarah Morton and Ian Leach.
All staff have received Safeguarding training, and are aware of the signs of child abuse. Where there are concerns, the school operates a robust process for reporting and referring concerns, and works in partnership with colleagues in Children's Social Care and beyond.
We participate in Operation Encompass, working with our partners in Bedfordshire Police to support children and families exposed to Domestic Violence. The following is an addendum to our existing Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (January 2022):
At St James' we are working in partnership with Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic abuse in their household; nationally and locally, this scheme is called Operation Encompass. In order to achieve this, the police will share information with the Nominated SPOC of all domestic incidents where one of the pupils in the school has been affected. On receipt of any information, the Nominated SPOC will decide on the appropriate support the child requires.
All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Operation Encompass guidance for schools’. The information will be recorded and stored it in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.