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Child Protection and Operation Encompass

Balladen Primary School Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement


We are a caring and supportive school that places the development of every individual pupil as a priority.  As such; Child Protection is an essential part of providing a safe environment; which recognises that pupils have a fundamental right to be protected from harm. Children cannot learn effectively unless they feel confident and secure.


Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place:


Anti-Bullying Policy; Attendance Policy; Behaviour and Discipline; Complaints; Drug Policy; E-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy; Equal Opportunities and Racial Equality; First Aid Policy; Guidance and Procedures for Playtime and Lunchtime; Induction; Intimate Personal Care; Missing Child; PHSE; Recruitment and Selection; Restraint Policy and Procedure; Use of Images; Whistle-blowing; Whole School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.


Some of these Policy documents can be found on our ‘Policies’ web page (see link below). To request paper copies of all other policies, please contact the school office.

Senior Designated Lead - Mr Daniel Hargreaves

Designated Governor - Tbc

Deputy Designated Lead - Mrs Gaskell

Deputy Designated Lead - Mrs Parker

Deputy Designated Lead - Miss C Rothwell

Operation Encompass


Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that a child's school is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse to which the child or young person has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on them in school the following day. 


This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends.  Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.  A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult has been trained to liaise with the police.  At Balladen Community Primary School our Key Adult is Daniel Hargreaves.  They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families.  The Key Adult will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person.  It will not be shared with other school students. 


If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at: