Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Safeguarding and Child protection are extremely important and taken seriously by all the School community. Our policy ensures that concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways which prioritise the needs of the child. If School has any concerns about any aspect of a child’s welfare or safety, referrals are always made to children’s social care in line with local authority procedures. This policy is updated annually in the Autumn Term by the full governing body.
Until recently there have been no procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to schools which means that our children are left without the support and nurture that they require when they need it most. Operation Encompass has been created to address this so that 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, heard or witnessed 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.
At Holy Trinity our Operation Encompass Key adults are Mrs. A Whitaker and Miss J Hines.
Caritas School Service
We employ a Caritas Social Worker three days a week in school. Rosie Shevlin is a qualified social worker and works Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays. She provides 1:1 support for children, groupwork and valuable support for our families. She also works alongside our Learning Mentor (Mrs Lord) with our Mental Health Ambassadors.