Courthill Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ (DSLs). This is in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance. Please be aware that the Police, via Children's Services, will alert us if a domestic abuse incident occurs at the home of one of our pupils. However, to ensure we meet data protection requirements, details of the incident will not be shared with us unless there are other concerns about the child's welfare.
At Courthill we will always aim to:
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If you are concerned about a child's welfare or worried they are being abused, you can make a referral to Children's Social Care in Dorset by contacting:
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
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Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.
Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
In creating this partnership with Operation Encompass, Courthill Infant School's safeguarding staff, also offer a non-judgemental listening ear, in a safe space, to any adult victim of Domestic Abuse and their families. They can provide guidance and advice with respect to next steps of support.