Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.
If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school's Designated Lead for Child Protection, Mrs A Davies, Head Teacher, Mrs N Longworth-Smith , Deputy Head Teacher or Mrs L McArthur, Family Liaison Worker.
As part of Harwood Park’s commitment to keeping children safe we have signed up to implement the principles and aims of the Encompass Model.
In signing up to Encompass the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team:
• Endorse the Encompass Model and support the Key Adults in our school to fulfil the requirements of the Rochdale Encompass Protocol
• Promote and implement Rochdale Encompass processes and use these in accordance with internal safeguarding children processes
• Recognise the sensitive nature of the information provided and ensure that this is retained in accordance with the principles of data protection
The purpose of Rochdale Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness 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 mid-day 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.
At Harwood Park Primary School our Key Adults are Mrs A Davies, Mrs Longworth-Smith and Mrs McArthur.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has created the ‘Think U Know’ website, which offers child-friendly information about staying safe on the internet. CEOP's e-safety resources can be downloaded here:
Download resources, Think U Know