Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – Anybody with a concern about a child in Cumbria can contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727. The number is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Lisa Balderstone, Head teacher The Management Committee Member (governor) with responsibility for safeguarding is: Gary Hartley
“The Management Committee and staff of South Cumbria Pupil Referral Service take seriously our responsibility under Section 175 Education Act 2002 (Section 157 for independent schools) to safeguard and promote the welfare of our pupils/students, to minimise risk and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are in place within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm and to keep them safe and secure whilst in our care”.
The ‘County Lines’ campaign is being developed to create a multi-agency approach which targets young people, parents, general public, care home staff, Merseyside Police officers/ staff, health care professionals and teachers to create a talking point about the signs and triggers of vulnerable adults and young people being exploited to deliver drugs, and the relevant reporting mechanisms.
Operation Encompass is a process by which Key Adults in schools and academies are informed that a child attending school in Cumbria may have been affected by domestic abuse. This will usually mean that a child has been in a household where an incident of domestic abuse has taken place or has been exposed to domestic abuse.
The sharing of information between the Police and schools will allow early intervention support by the Key Adult. This support will assist the child to remain in school to continue learning in a safe and secure environment.
This initiative will be rolled out to all schools in Cumbria over the next 12 months.