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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Poulton Lancelyn Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed below.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical, emotional and sexual harm or neglect and are required to report these to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. All concerns are passed to trained Designated Safeguarding Officers in school in compliance with the sharing of information guidance.  We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Milne.  He is supported by the Designated Deputy Safeguarding Leads Mrs Crosthwaite and Miss Haworth.  Our nominated governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Ali Hutchinson. 
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Poulton Lancelyn Primary School, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers in school who will know who to contact for the best advice and help and are experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.  You can find our contact details via our Contact Us page.

PREVENT Duty Statement

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard for the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Poulton Lancelyn Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.  As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy.

The Prevent Lead (or SPOC - Single Point of Contact) in school is Mr Milne, Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Operation Encompass

Poulton Lancelyn Primary School is participating in the Operation Encompass partnership scheme, between local schools, academies, colleges, community health agencies, and Merseyside Police.                                 

Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to schools about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours, to which a young person attending our school has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on their schooling the following day. This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends.   

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

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.   

At Poulton Lancelyn, Mr Milne, our DSL is our Operation Encompass Lead. Along with Mrs Crosthwaite, he will be able to use information that has been shared by Merseyside Police, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. These key adults 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.