The safety and well-being of our children is a key priority for everyone and Templemoor Infant and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This includes operating in a safe manner and ensuring that everyone is safe from harm including abuse, bullying or accident.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
This means that we have stringent safeguarding and child protection procedures in place that all staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure they are aware of and operate to. These are reviewed at least annually and we welcome any helpful comments.
An annual audit of safeguarding procedures is completed by the head teacher and safeguarding governor to ensure continued up to date best practice. An action plan is compiled from the audit. There is a notice board for safeguarding information in the staff room. Safeguarding is an agenda item on every full Governing Body meeting.
All staff, including temporary staff and volunteers are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children.
Our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded below as well as statutory guidance for schools on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
Key Safeguarding Staff
We encourage children and adults to share any concerns or issues and operate a robust approach in dealing with all concerns. 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 Leaders for Safeguarding.
Our school is part of a project, which is run between Trafford Local Authority, schools and Greater Manchester Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is available to liaise with children's services and the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.
The Key Adult at Templemoor Infant and Nursery School is Mr Hodgson.
If the Key Adult receives an Encompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help - if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.
The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.
Our aim is to support children and their families.
Trafford Children's First Response Team
Children's First Response is Trafford’s single point of contact for all professionals and members of the public to report concerns, request advice and share information about a child and/or family.
If the child is at immediate risk of harm call the Police on 999.
If you are a member of the public who has a concern about a child, and they are not at immediate risk of harm, you should call Trafford Children's First Response on:
0161 912 5125 during office hours (Mon - Fri 8:30 - 4:30) or
0161 912 2020 out of hours (Emergency Duty Team).
If you are a professional you must decide on the child/family's Level of Need and use the online referral process. Levels of Need are used to determine the kind of support a child or family requires.
Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership (TSSP)
Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership (TSSP) is a statutory organisation whose main objective is to coordinate and ensure the effectiveness of work that is done in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults of all ages in Trafford. For further details please click on the link below.