Please reference the Child Protection Policy Addendum due to Covid-19.
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.
Please view the following for more information:
County Lines (Word Document)
This link is to a video on County Lines activity, produced by and for children and young people – although it is not from our area, it is extremely relevant to this area too and you will have seen County Lines mentioned in the local press and social media. This is happening locally and we need to ensure that everyone, is aware of the signs and terminology to look out for.
Our setting has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run in partnership between Cumbria County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria Police.
The project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools/nurseries/colleges of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of the setting’s hours and might have an impact on a child attending the setting the following day. The information will be shared on weekdays during school term time. When incidents occur over the weekend, the Operation Encompass Designated Officer will contact the relevant setting at the earliest opportunity to provide disclosure to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or their deputy within that setting.
A Designated Safeguarding Lead, or their deputy, has been trained to liaise with the Operation Encompass Designated Officer. Staff within an education/childcare setting will be able to use information that has been shared with them by Operation Encompass, in confidence, to ensure that the setting is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared, on a need-to-know basis only, where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed, or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, in February 2011 and has proved to be very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. If you would like to read more about the project in other areas of the country, this can be viewed online.
We are keen to offer the best possible responses for all children across Cumbria and believe that Operation Encompass is beneficial and supportive for all those involved.